a girl of 10 died when a wall fell on her in the capital, Port-au-Prince. The British aid charity Oxfam
said it knew of three other deaths, with The Daily Mail reporting two additional fatalities.
The poorest country in the
Americas is still recovering from
the devastating 2010 earthquake and many of the 400,000 people still living in
tent cities had no option but to weather the storm under canvas.
Tracking the storm: BBC Weather video
Al Jazeera Report:
officials said three people were missing, including the mayor of a town near Santo Domingo swept away
as he tried to save another person from a flooded river.
They said 764 homes had been damaged by the storm and more than 9,600 people evacuated from storm-struck areas.
Collection of images and additional info via Daily Mail website here
Its top winds were near 60mph (96kph), but the centre said it appeared to be gathering steam and was expected to be at or near hurricane strength when it reaches
Key West, 90 miles
(145km) north of Cuba.
A storm becomes a hurricane when sustained winds reach a minimum of 74mph (119kph).
More info via The Guardian website click here
Sources: BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, Daily Mail Online, The Guardian