Ike Lashing Cuba, Misses Fla. Keys Escape Before Heading to Gulf of Mexico

"It's a very difficult, complex situation because people have lost all of their belongings. There's a big need for food, tensions are rising, especially where humanitarian aid has not been able to reach yet," said Colin Chaperon of the Red Cross Emergency Response Unit, stationed in Haiti.

This morning, the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge arrived off the coast of Haiti from Colombia to assist with relief efforts. Its fleet of helicopters will transport supplies to the rain-ravaged island.

A mandatory evacuation order expired today after an estimated 15,000 tourists left the islands over the weekend. Tropical storm warnings remain in effect in the Keys.

Most residents however appear to have ignored the order. One longtime resident, speaking for his friends and neighbors, told ABC News "None of us are going to leave. We're all staying. Those of us who been through a few of these, know what to do."

Hurricane Ike: Storm Path

There is still a chance that Ike could change course, especially as it gets sliced up over Cuba's mountains.

Along the eastern U.S. seaboard, Tropical Storm Hanna spent the weekend spreading heavy rain and knocking out power for hundreds of thousands from the Carolinas to New England. Some areas got up to 9 inches of rain. Winds reached as high as 50 miles per hour. The rain forced major delays at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York City. Several people died in automobile accidents, and several surfers and other swimmers went missing, including in New Jersey, where at least two people have not been found. Officials from most beach communities said they were spared the heavy erosion forecasters had feared.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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