The first hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean to strike the Caribbean in decades made landfall in the Bahamas on Wednesday, bringing devastating winds and flooding to several communities, according to officials and hurricane experts.
The storm, named the Cataract of the Americas, hit the Bahamas early Wednesday and caused widespread flooding, with officials saying more than 10,000 homes were damaged in the city of Port-au-Prince, where it made landfall.
The hurricane, which was centered off the southern coast of the Dominican Republic, is expected to be a Category 4 hurricane by the time it’s over the Atlantic, according the National Hurricane Center.
Residents in Port-a-Prince said the storm was “the worst thing that ever happened to them,” said Luis Alonzo, a resident who lives in the town of Marques, a small coastal town.
“It was like a tidal wave.
It’s just like the end of the world,” he said.
The Cataracts of the American Americas are tropical cyclones that hit the western United States, Canada, and the Caribbean Sea.
They are characterized by extreme weather, extreme rainfall, and widespread destruction.
In January, Hurricane Floyd made landfall off the coast of Florida, and in 2015, Hurricane Wilma made landfall near the southeastern coast of North Carolina.
Both storms were accompanied by flooding and damage.
Wilma devastated coastal communities in the Carolinas, including the communities of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Braggsville, South Carolina.
“The hurricane is going to come out here and we’re going to see a lot of damage,” said Marques Mayor Joe Alonaldo.
“We’re going see a wall of water come up over this town.
It’s going to be like an earthquake in here.”
The Catastrophic Hurricane Category 4 Storm Cataractic Weather Center predicted that Wilma would be a catastrophic hurricane for much of the Caribbean, where its path will be very much in the same direction as Hurricane Florence, which made landfall on the same day in October of 2018.
The Atlantic hurricane has been on the move for the past week and a half, according a tropical storm warning issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Wilma is expected later this week to bring tropical storm-force winds of up to 110 mph (193 kph), and gusts of up at least 100 mph (217 kph).
Wilmas center of gravity is located near the northeast coast of Cuba, and it is moving away from Cuba at a rate of approximately one-fifth of the speed of light.
“Wilma is moving very rapidly into the Caribbean,” NOAA Hurricane Center meteorologist Daniel Mather said.
“That means it’s going toward Cuba, it’s heading toward the Bahamas, and there’s no indication it’s changing direction.”
In recent weeks, the Catastrophe Hurricane Category 3 storm has weakened to a Category 2 storm and is expected near the Bahamas.
The tropical storm is a category 2 hurricane and has sustained winds of 145 mph (270 kph) and sustained rainfall of 1.3 inches (35.6 millimeters) in some places.
In some places, the storm is expected in the Gulf of Mexico later this month.
Hurricane WilMA made landfall just west of Port au Prince, Haiti on Wednesday.
Residents said they felt the storm’s destructive power on Wednesday morning, when they saw a plume of smoke rising over the city.
“People were getting really scared,” Alonino said.
Wilmar, the largest island in the Caribbean and one of the largest in the Americas at nearly 300 square miles (900 square kilometers), is located off the west coast of Haiti and was initially devastated by Hurricane Floyd.
But Wilmar is still recovering, according, with more than a million people displaced and a hospital with an overflow capacity of about 2,000 patients.
The island of Hispaniola, on the western Caribbean, was also hit hard by Hurricane Wilmar.
Hurricane Floyd, which hit Haiti on October 27, 2017, destroyed more than 2,500 homes and left more than 4,500 people dead.
Hurricane Irma, which battered the Caribbean islands of Barbados and Martinique on September 6, 2017 killed at least 19 people and left the Caribbean island devastated by the Category 5 storm.
The National Hurricane Centre warned that Wilmar could make landfall later this year, but the hurricane is expected this year.
Hurricane Nate, which came ashore in the northern Caribbean on August 20, 2017 and caused extensive damage, was the most powerful storm to strike in at least 50 years.
Nate has been forecast to make landfall on September 8 and has already made landfall south of the United States.
Hurricane Jose is forecast to come ashore this fall in the western Bahamas.
In the wake of Hurricane Floyd and Hurricane Wilmas, President Donald Trump vowed to step up hurricane response efforts in the region.
“Our country is still suffering from a massive loss of life from these devastating storms and hurricanes,” Trump said in a statement.