Hurricane Matthew plowed across Haiti yesterday as one of the strongest storms ever recorded at this time of year — and the most powerful to strike that country in half a century. The United Nations is calling it the worst humanitarian crisis to hit Haiti since the 2010 earthquake. After swiping Cuba this morning, Matthew now threatens the southeastern United States, with potential landfall by this weekend.
Tropical storm season technically runs through November, but August and September — when ocean temperatures peak — are typically the major months of concern. By October, sea surface temps usually decline, reducing storm intensity. (Warm water = jet fuel for hurricanes.)
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