Hurricane Elsa hit the Caribbean on Saturday, bringing powerful winds and threatening to pile further misery on violence-wracked Haiti.
In parts of the Eastern Caribbean, officials closed schools, businesses and airports.
The Category 1 storm has unleashed heavy rain and winds in St Vincent and the Grenadines, which is still struggling to recover from recent massive volcanic eruptions.
Authorities opened dozens of shelters and urged people to evacuate if they lived near a valley, given the threat of flash flooding, mudslides and volcanic mudflows, especially in the northern part of the island where La Soufrière volcano is located.
It also reached Barbados – the first hurricane to hit the island in over 60 years.
Authorities there said they received calls about families trapped in their homes, collapsed houses, and power and water outages.
But there were no reports of serious injuries or deaths.
The hurricane appears to eventually be heading in the general direction of Florida, which could hamper rescue efforts at the collapsed building in Miami.
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