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Hurricane Matthew, the strongest storm in the Caribbean in nearly ten years, struck Haiti and then moved on to Cuba. It is expected to reach Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. In disaster-prone Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, winds of up to 230kph (145mph) and heavy rain forced some 10,000 people to take refuge in temporary shelters; more than 20 people have died. The storm destroyed crops and cut off southern regions from the capital, Port-au-Prince. Aid agencies fear that the flooding will worsen a cholera epidemic, which followed a massive earthquake in 2010. After the latest storm passed, the electoral council postponed the first round of a long-delayed presidential election, which had been scheduled for October 9th. The vote is a rerun of an election held in October 2015. Its disputed results provoked widespread protests. A caretaker president has governed the country since the last duly elected president, …