Hurricane Matthew formed from a tropical wave which moved west from the African coast across the Atlantic Ocean. It rapidly gained force and soon became a tropical storm. On September 29, Matthew reached a category 1 hurricane on a 5-grade scale, and was moving with a speed of 110 km/h. On its path of destruction, it hit Jamaica, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, the Bahamas and the United State. With close to 1000 casualties, millions of people affected and damages estimated to reach several billions euros, Matthew is one of the deadliest hurricanes in the recent history.
Read more about the EU response to hurricane Matthew here.
By Michal Lacza.