Hoosier natives in Hurricane Matthew’s path as the storm claims nearly 300 lives in Haiti

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From missionaries in Haiti to Hoosiers who now call Florida home Hurricane Matthew has impacted loved ones in the storms path.

Haiti took another devastating natural disaster head on. Hurricane Matthew left nearly 300 dead in Haiti and the death toll could rise. Indiana native Jessica Eugene who's now a missionary in Haiti says the loss is much greater for a country that's still trying to rebuild after a 7.0 earthquake hit six years ago.

"Right now it's not looking too good in certain areas. The people who got hit the most are the people that used to be in tent camps that now have houses made out of aluminum and sticks and wood," Jessica said.

Jessica says the biggest problem in Haiti is communication. People don't understand what to do and when--so some people were doomed long before the storm hit.

"The nerves started before then. The preparation:  getting the boards on your windows, going out in the community passing out water, and telling everybody to stay in. And they don't believe that it was going to be that bad," Jessica said.

Meanwhile in Vero Beach, Florida where Indiana native Hannah Calypso now calls home, an evacuation order is in place but Hannah and her husband have boarded up their home and will ride it out.

"It's a way of life I would say. I actually kind of enjoy it," Hannah said.

The couple headed to a friends house that's up to code with the latest hurricane proof equipment.

"The windows that are storm proof and bullet proof you know like nothing is going to come through them then you can sit and actually watch the storm happen. It's really amazing," Hannah said.

Back in Haiti Jessica is the director of the Damou Christian Mission She says the greatest need right now is food, water and medical supplies.