Hurricane Irene strengthens on US approach
25 August 2011 Last updated at 03:46 BST
Hurricane Irene has battered several islands in the Caribbean as it grows in strength, with winds of up to 120mph (190km/h) lashing the Bahamas.
The first hurricane of the Atlantic season, expected to hit the east coast of the US by the weekend, also caused severe flooding and power cuts in the Dominican Republic.
Dominic Kane reports.