The United States marked its first known fatality from Hurricane Matthew as the Category 3 storm lashing the Florida coast claimed the life of a resident there, fire officials said on Friday.
The fiercest Caribbean storm in nearly a decade slammed into the Bahamas, intensifying as it barrelled towards the southeast US coast where a mass exodus was under way with millions heeding warnings to flee inland.
Hurricane Matthew, the fiercest Caribbean storm in almost a decade, powered towards the Bahamas and the US coast early on Wednesday after battering Haiti and Cuba with torrential rain.
Haitians living in vulnerable coastal shacks sought shelter as Hurricane Matthew closed in on the southwestern peninsula, sending storm surges, wind and rain into seaside towns.
Hurricane Matthew claimed its first victims, officials said Monday, leaving one dead and one person missing in Haiti as it churns through the Caribbean as the most menacing storm in nearly a decade.
Hurricane Matthew meandered through the Caribbean on Sunday, moving more slowly but still packing a powerful punch, its sights set on Haiti, Cuba and Jamaica.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy said he hopes to help Caribbean fans smile again by completing a unique hat-trick at the World Twenty20 after stunning India to reach the final.
Thirteen Costa Ricans died Saturday when a small ship carrying 32 tourists from Central America and the United States sank off Nicaragua's Little Corn Island in the Caribbean, officials said.