The Bahamas are now bracing for tropical storm Noel which has torn though the Caribbean killing at least 80 people. In the Dominican Republic, heavy rains caused two rivers to burst their banks, sweeping away an entire village. Dozens of people were reported killed or missing. Tens of thousands have been left homeless according to the head of emergency operations.
In neighbouring Cuba, which boasts one of the most effective civil protection operations in the region, thousands of people were evacuated after torrential rain caused floods and cut off roads but no casualties were reported. However, it is a different story in Haiti, which is very vulnerable to flash floods and mudslides because most of its trees have been chopped down.
Dozens of people have been killed and hundreds are in emergency shelter. Concern is growing over the spread of water-borne disease following the floods.
While wind and waves have been washing out beaches from Florida to Georgia, forecasters are now warning of worsening storm conditions in the Bahamas, where a hurricane watch has been issued.