<p><span style="font-family: pragmatica-web, 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'Nimbus Sans L', sans-serif; font-size: 15px; letter-spacing: 0.14000000059604645px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Residents gather outside their destroyed home on the road to Port Salut, in Haiti. The area took the full force of Hurricane Matthew, which left many people displaced.</span></p>

Residents gather outside their destroyed home on the road to Port Salut, in Haiti. The area took the full force of Hurricane Matthew, which left many people displaced.

Photograph by Andrew McConnell, Panos for National Geographic

Pictures Reveal Hurricane Matthew's Destruction in Haiti

As the Category 4 storm barrels north across the Caribbean, photographs show the destruction in its wake.

Days after Hurricane Matthew pummeled Haiti with 145 mile-an-hour winds and drenching rain, local authorities say that the full scope of the disaster is still unclear. (See dramatic lightning sprites dance over Hurricane Matthew.)

What is already evident, however, is that the Category 4 hurricane, which struck Haiti on October 4, has leveled another blow of destruction on an island nation still reeling from the 2010 earthquake and a subsequent cholera crisis.

"Haiti was already struggling, so it doesn't have a lot of capacity to respond to the hurricane," says Andrew McConnell, a photojournalist who is on the scene. "Yet it may take the brunt of it."

Haitian officials have reported nearly nine hundred deaths so far, yet information has only slowly emerged from the southern department of Grand-Anse, near the point where Matthew made landfall. Communications in Grand-Anse have been knocked out, and roads in the area remain impassible, according to the Associated Press.

In addition, the La Digue Bridge, which serves as the primary link between the capital of Port-au-Prince and the stricken southern areas of the country, collapsed during the storm.

The situation on the ground is quite chaotic, says McConnell. "Rivers are swollen, lots of trees are down, and people’s homes have been destroyed," he says. "People are being carried on motorbikes and on others' backs."

Hospitals are overflowing and many people are seeking temporary shelter, with few options.

Hurricane Matthew is currently battering the Bahamas with 125 mile-an-hour winds and is expected to hit the southeastern United States tomorrow as the first major hurricane in a decade.

As the world's attention shifts toward the northern track of the storm, McConnell says he hopes people don't forget about Haiti. "They are likely to need a lot of assistance in the coming days," he says. "I hope my photos help show that."

Look for more photos and updates to this story as the situation changes. This story was last updated at 5:00 p.m. ET. on October 8, with new photos.

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