CARIBBEAN: Hurricane Matthew lashes Haiti, Dominican Republic

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Residents walk in flooded streets as they return to their homes in Leogane, Haiti on Oct. 4. Matthew slammed into Haiti's southwestern tip with howling, 145 mph winds Tuesday, tearing off roofs in the poor and largely rural area, uprooting trees and leaving rivers bloated and choked with debris. (Dieu Nalio Chery / AP)

Residents walk in flooded streets as they return to their homes in Leogane, Haiti on Oct. 4. Matthew slammed into Haiti’s southwestern tip with howling, 145 mph winds Tuesday, tearing off roofs in the poor and largely rural area, uprooting trees and leaving rivers bloated and choked with debris. (Dieu Nalio Chery / AP)

NBC NEWS – Hurricane Matthew roared into the southwestern coast of Haiti on Tuesday, threatening a largely rural corner of the impoverished country with devastating storm conditions as it headed north toward Cuba and the eastern coast of Florida.

The dangerous Category 4 storm — at one point the most powerful hurricane in the region in nearly a decade — blew ashore around dawn in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, hitting a corner of Haiti where many people live in shacks of wood or concrete blocks.

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