Hurricane Matthew Lashes the Bahamas

ABC News' Alex Perez reports from Nassau where residents and officials are assessing the severe damage caused by Hurricane Matthew.
2:05 | 10/07/16

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In the Caribbean as scene of destruction already hundreds of people have been killed emergency efforts are underway there at this hour. And Alex for Reza is in the Bahamas where they are feeling the aftermath of the hurricane this morning good morning Alex. Good morning Amy after a nearly 24 hour downpour the rain here has finally stopped the streets are flooded trees are down everywhere are in the process of assessing the damage just beginning. Overnight hurricane Matthew lashing the Bahamas. That there and powerful category four storm warring through Nassau leaving behind a trail of destruction. The violence wasn't it in forty mile per hour winds is sending debris flying. Terry and rooftops off houses. Toppling trees are. Power lines even ripping decide off this hotel the storm surges so powerful posts since smashing onto shore. More than 3000 tourist on this popular island destination seeking shelter in a hotel conference rooms. Anything to protect them from this deadly hurricane. Now residents picking up the pieces still assessing the damage thousands still without power. But before hurricane Matthew pounded the Bahamas that left behind a dire humanitarian crisis in Haiti. Across the country reports of coastal flooding and demolished roads. This morning the Coast Guard providing a clear picture of the damage hurricane Mathieu left in its path. Crews conducting the first post storm assessments over Haiti you can see home after home leveled. The United Nations are moving in helping residents is salvage what they can. When he 1000 people now living in shelters. While officials fear there are at least 350000. In need of immediate assistance some government officials in Haiti's saying at least 280. People have donned. That number is expected to grow. And it's still unclear when the airport here in Nassau will reopen it the long process of cleaning up. Just starting here Amy all right Alex press horrific images there thank you so much for keeping us update.

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