Hurricane Matthew claims two lives in Haiti already even before it fully hits

Hurricane Matthew has claimed two more lives this time in Haiti even before it fully hits the hemisphere's poorest nation.

It brings to four, the number of people killed by the deadly system.

The two deaths are those of fishermen who were caught in rough water churned up by the storm.

A boat carrying one of the men capsized early Monday off the tiny southwestern fishing town of Saint Jean du Sud as he was trying to bring his wooden skiff to shore. 

The body of the other was recovered a short time later off the nearby town of Aquin after he apparently drowned.

Caribbean Airlines announces more flight cancellations due to Hurricane Matthew

Caribbean Airlines has announced it is cancelling flights on Tuesday, in addition to flights already cancelled today as Hurricane Matthew approaches he island.

The airline issued a statement today noting the following cancellations for today;

* BW 036 departing Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood International, Florida to Norman Manley International, Kingston, Jamaica

* BW 011 departing Montego Bay, Jamaica to John F. Kennedy International, New York

* BW 017 departing Norman Manley International, Kingston, Jamaica to John F.Kennedy International, New York

Matthew nearing Jamaica as Category 4 Hurricane

Major Hurricane Matthew strengthened to a Category 4 on Friday evening, and it continues to rapidly strengthen.

The storm poses a danger to Jamaica, parts of Hispañola, eastern Cuba and the Bahamas early next week. Its potential U.S. impact later next week still remains unclear.

Hurricane Matthew became the fifth hurricane of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season early Thursday afternoon.

Matthew was located 75 miles north of Punta Gallinas, Colombia, as of Friday evening. 

Venezuela enters oil-for-food deal with Jamaica

Venezuela is now selling oil to Jamaica in exchange for food, medicine, farming materials and building supplies, CNN Money has reported.

Jamaican authorities announced last week that Jamaica would provide up to US$4 million in the form of goods and services to Venezuela.

“You could say that it’s goods and services for oil,” Dr. Wesley Hughes, CEO of the Jamaican government’s PetroCaribe Development Fund, told CNNMoney on Tuesday.

“It’s going to be up to Venezuela to decide what they need.”

This form of payment is part of a trade pact between the two nations.

Jamaica braces as Tropical Storm likely to form today; six killed in Dominican Republic

A strong tropical wave packing tropical cyclone-strength winds continues its swift trek west in the Caribbean Sea.       

As of 2 am, National Hurricane Center forecasters said the system was 150 miles south-southwest of Kinston, Jamaica and moving west at about 20 mph. It is expected to reach the Cayman Islands later today as environmental conditions become more accommodating for its development.

The system is producing winds of 40 to 45 mph.