SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba — At least 10 people died from Matthew’s wrath in three Caribbean countries, officials said.
The devastation was especially brutal in southern Haiti, where sustained winds of 125 mph pummeled the impoverished nation still recovering from the catastrophic 2010 earthquake.
Matthew made landfall Tuesday morning as a Category 4 hurricane near Les Anglais, Haiti.
More than 300,000 people are now in shelters across the country, the United Nations said.
On Wednesday, Haiti’s Civil Protection Service reported five deaths, including a man who died when his house collapsed and two others who were killed by falling trees.
A fisherman died Sunday and another fisherman is presumed dead, the spokesman for the Haitian Interior Ministry said.
Four people died in the Dominican Republic, the country’s government said. Authorities there did not provide additional details about how they died.
More than 30 houses were washed away by the storm surge caused by Hurricane Matthew in the northeastern Cuban seaside town of Baracoa, the site where Christopher Columbus first landed in the Americas, a resident in the town said.
On Wednesday morning, Matthew was about 80 miles west of the Bahamas. Meteorologists expect storm surges there as high as 15 feet, along with intense rains and damaging winds.
The Bahamas could get hit with up to 15 inches of rain and “life-threatening” surf conditions, the National Hurricane Center said.