Cuban President Raul Castro visits the eastern town of Baracoa, which was hit hard by Hurricane Matthew. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Cuban President Raul Castro visited the hurricane-ravaged city of Baracoa on Sunday (October 9) where he met with residents and assessed the damage on the ground. The leader met with workers repairing a collapsed bridge over the Toa River which was knocked out by Hurricane Matthew earlier in the week in city on the eastern end of the island. Matthew, the most powerful Atlantic storm since 2007, was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone on Sunday after its rampage through the Caribbean killed nearly 900 people in Haiti and at least 16 people in the United States. Haiti also has suffered from outbreaks of cholera and about 61,500 displaced people were in shelters, officials said. In the United States, more than 2 million U.S. homes and business had lost power. Hurricane Matthew reduced much of Baracoa to rubble, whipping up giant waves that demolished cement buildings and winds that tore off roofs. No deaths were reported there, but locals are reeling from the loss of their homes. The storm was moving east-northeast out to sea, according to the National Hurricane Center's 11 a.m. (1500 GMT) report, which placed the center of the storm 100 miles (160 km) off the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Although Matthew lost its tropical characteristics, no longer feeding off warm ocean water, the storm still packed dangerous winds with a maximum speed of 75 mph (120 kph), down from 130 mph (210 kph) at full strength. Storm surges and flooding also remained a threat, the hurricane center said.