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The most powerful Atlantic tropical storm in more than a decade was gearing up Monday to deliver a potentially devastating blow to Haiti — a Caribbean country that’s still struggling to rebound from a series of earlier natural disasters.

Packing 130 mph winds, Hurricane Matthew was already lashing the Caribbean country with torrential rains as it crawled northward on Monday.

Jamaica and Cuba are also in path of the storm, and the Dominican Republic was expected to absorb a glancing blow. But Haiti will likely feel the full impact of Matthew’s fury later Monday when the center reaches the southwestern coast of the country.

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The streets of Gonaives, Haiti, are covered in floodwaters in 2008 after Tropical Storm Hanna swirled over Haiti for four days, dumping massive amounts of water and leaving at least 61 dead in its wake. Marco Dormino / UN via AP file

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