The Florida Roundup: Hurricane Matthew

Oct 9, 2016

Heavy winds on MacArthur causeway this Thursday morning.
Credit Rowan Moore Gerety WLRN

This week on The Florida Roundup…

Hurricane Matthew is the first Category 5 Atlantic hurricane since Hurricane Felix in 2007. Fortunately, dire predictions for South Florida did not come to pass on Thursday as the storm stayed off shore. We check in with FPL and WLRN's correspondents out in the field to see what the aftermath looks like. 

Also, Governor Rick Scott has been a constant presence for the past week with up-to-date forecasts and evacuation announcements. Have political leaders spoken like this before? Are these warnings necessary to get our attention? The Miami Herald's Mary Ellen Klas, Steve Bousquet with the Tampa Bay Times and former director of FEMA David Paulison weigh in. 


Plus, On his way to Florida, the first land Hurricane Matthew hit was Haiti. He was a major category four storm at the time, dumping rain and bringing damaging winds. The death toll is in the hundreds and has been climbing. How does Haiti move forward? 

And in Cuba, Matthew hit Baracoa on the eastern tip of the island. Roads were washed out by 24 foot waves. The power grid has left thousands in the dark and portions of the city lay in rubble. What do the new relations between the US and Cuba mean for any assistance? CNN's Havana correspondent Patrick Oppmann joins WLRN's Tim Padgett and Rowan Moore Gerety to discuss.