Hurricane Matthew, the Caribbean’s worst storm in nearly a decade, barreled towards the Bahamas after killing nine people and pummeling Haiti and Cuba.
Thousands of people have been displaced in Haiti while rescue teams are struggling to reach the worst-hit areas. Hurricane Matthew is said to have devastated parts of the country, where at least two people have died.
In Haiti, severe flooding and devastating winds caused untold damage where officials were still largely unable to communicate with the country’s hard-hit south, where telecommunications had been disrupted.
Meanwhile the collapse of a bridge cut off the only road linking port-au-prince to the peninsula that makes up southern Haiti, compounding the isolation caused by the storm.
The storm has now moved off the north-eastern coast of Cuba towards Florida, where warnings are in place. South Carolina is to start evacuating more than a million people. Matthew, now a category three hurricane, is predicted to hit the us east coast later in the week.