Haiti hurricane death toll climbs to 108, thousands of homes damaged

A man walks in a flooded street, in a neighbourhood of the commune of Cite Soleil, in the Haitian Capital Port-au-Prince, on October 4, 2016. Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti, triggering floods and forcing thousands to flee the path of a storm that has already claimed three lives in the poorest country in the Americas. / AFP / HECTOR RETAMAL (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)

The death toll in Haiti from Hurricane Matthew has risen to 108, Civil Protection Service spokesman Joseph Edgard Celestin said Thursday.

At least five other deaths were reported across the Dominican Republic and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, officials said.

“The situation is catastrophic,” Haitian President Jocelerme Privert said. “The situation is critical.”

In a press conference Thursday, Haitian officials said more than 28,000 houses have been damaged so far but they have only begun evaluating the situation.
Hurricane Matthew barreled through Haiti on Tuesday. The storm strengthened into a Category 4 hurricane Thursday with winds of 140 mph and gusts up to 165 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Matthew continues to head towards Florida’s east coast and is expected to hit the coast late Thursday or early Friday. Winds have already begun to batter Florida’s east coast.

11 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center

11 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center