Irma causes severe damage in the Caribbean Islands; At least 13 dead so far
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Hurricane Irma is flooding parts of the Dominican Republic as it roars by just off the northern coast of the island it shares with Haiti.
Officials said about 500 tourists in the Bavaro-Punta Cana area were moved to more secure shelters just ahead of the Category 5 storm.
Civil Defense Director Rafael Carrasco says a landslide in the Samana Peninsula affected eight houses and more than 2,500 people have been evacuated.
Punta Cana airport has reopened after being closed for several hours.
Authorities are also struggling to get aid to small islands devastated by the storm's record 185 mph winds earlier Wednesday.
Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne says nearly every building on Barbuda was damaged when the hurricane's core crossed almost directly over the island early Wednesday and about 60 percent of the island's roughly 1,400 people are homeless.
He says a 2-year-old child was killed as a family tried to escape a damaged home during the storm. ABC News reports that 13 people have died as a result of the storm thus far.
Haiti's northern coast will be next, but Irma's stronger winds have yet to reach that side of the island of Hispaniola.
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