The haiti is a tropical cyclone that struck the north-eastern Pacific island nation of Haiti on Friday.
It’s expected to strengthen to Category 3 and 4 winds before dissipating to a tropical depression early Saturday morning.
Hitting the Dominican Republic early Saturday, the storm will weaken into a tropical storm.
Haiti is also facing tropical storm warnings and Hurricane watches for parts of South America and the Caribbean.
The hurricane caused widespread destruction across the country, and is expected to continue to do so through Saturday.
As of Saturday afternoon, more than 7.2 million people were without power, according to the World Bank.
“It’s been a terrible experience for the Haitian people and the people of the Dominican republic,” President Michel Martelly told reporters in Haiti.
In a tweet, Martelly called on Haitians to donate money to help the affected families.
He also said Haiti would have to take a “breathing space” to deal with the impacts of the storm.
According to the latest reports, the US National Hurricane Center has estimated that Haiti is now on track to receive a maximum sustained winds of 155 mph (240 km/h), with sustained winds reaching 130 mph (185 km/hh) as of Saturday morning, according the US Department of Energy.
The hurricane has so far caused a total of $3.1 billion in damages and caused $1.4 billion in damage in the Dominican, Haiti and Haiti’s neighboring countries.
In Haiti, the National Disaster Management Agency has declared a state of emergency and urged all Haitian citizens to leave their homes as the storm approached.
Haiti is expected not to hit Haiti until Saturday night, and the island nation has already declared a State of Emergency, according CNN.
#Haitian citizens to be advised to evacuate, stay in shelters, and take precautions.
pic.twitter.com/jXr8eIzLhV — NDFA (@NDFA) September 16, 2018 In the Dominican capital, Santo Domingo, the city’s mayor, Ricardo Ramos, said residents should stay inside their homes and avoid the streets as much as possible.
A large part of the city was devastated by the storm, but there were reports of some of the worst damage being repaired, according TOEFL-certified students and teachers.
Ramos said the mayor and other officials were working to help residents in the affected areas.
Authorities have already deployed a team of 40 to help with rebuilding efforts.
It’s unclear how long it will take to reach Haiti, which has an annual population of 1.5 million.
Hurricane Harvey has claimed more than 5,000 lives and caused millions of dollars of damage in Texas.