Hurricane Matthew lashed Haiti’s southwestern coast Tuesday with raging winds and storm surge that threatened to devastate the impoverished Caribbean nation’s towns and villages. The region’s strongest storm in almost a decade made landfall on Haiti’s Tiburon Peninsula as a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 145 mph. Heavy rain was falling across the country.

“We’re expecting a lot of houses to go down because of the poor housing infrastructure in a lot of the rural areas where we work,” said John Hasse, an aid worker in Haiti with the humanitarian organization World Vision. “With wind this strong, it will be extremely damaging and dangerous and homes for the average person are made of mud and sticks or poorly constructed cinderblocks.” READ MORE