Floods, injuries as Hurricane Irma lashes Haiti

Torrential rain pounded Haiti on Thursday as monster Hurricane Irma roared past the country’s northern coast, triggering flooding and injuries, local officials said. In the town of Ouanaminthe, on the border with the Dominican Republic, homes were flooded with up to 30 centimeters (12 inches) of water, according to the Haitian civil protection agency.

Two people were injured when an uprooted coconut tree crashed onto their home near Cap-Haitien, the agency said.

Haitians in Ottawa fear for relatives in Hurricane Irma’s path

As Hurricane Irma carves its destructive path through the Caribbean, Haitians in Ottawa say they can do little but pray their relatives make it through the deadly storm.

“We feel powerless about what’s happening. We can’t do anything,” Patrick Auguste told CBC News.

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