The hurricane killed more than 800 people and left tens of thousands homeless as it swept through Haiti before it hit Florida, accompanied by rain and strong winds, then swept north along the American coast on the Atlantic Ocean.
According to a census of the number of victims based on statements by officials, the death toll in Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, has risen to at least 842, with information coming from remote areas that could not be reached earlier due to the storm.
It directly caused massive evacuations along the coast from Florida to Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.
Southern Florida survived the storm overnight, but authorities called on residents in northern Florida to be vigilant.
“People should still follow the instructions of local officials within the next 24, 48 and 72 hours,” he said.
The hurricane hit western Haiti with 233 kilometers per hour winds and torrential rain. Officials said about 61,500 people were staying in shelters.