PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Rescue workers in Haiti are struggling to reach towns that were cut off by Hurricane Matthew.
The full extent of the death and destruction from the storm in Haiti still isn’t known, even as the storm moves on. It’s now started battering the Bahamas, and it’s triggering large-scale evacuations along the U.S. East Coast.
At least 11 deaths have been blamed on the powerful storm as it marched across the Caribbean over the past week. Five of the deaths were in Haiti. The western tip of that country is now isolated, with a bridge washed out and phone communications down.
With top winds now reaching 120 miles an hour, Matthew has been pounding the southern Bahamas with heavy rain and storm surge.
Forecasters said the storm could hit Florida — or come dangerously close — late tomorrow or early Friday and then scrape its way up the East Coast toward the Carolinas over the weekend.
With stronger winds than even Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Matthew could become the first major hurricane to blow ashore in the U.S. since Wilma slashed across Florida in 2005.