Terrifying Images of Hurricane Matthew's Fury

Impoverished Haiti was punished brutally by the massive storm.

Hurricane Matthew roiled up the east coast of Florida on Friday, knocking out power to some 600,000 residents and businesses. The category 3 storm packed up to 120-mile-per-hour winds and driving rain.

As Hurricane Matthew pummeled the US east coast, people of Haiti were reeling from the damage the storm unleashed on its southern coast on Tuesday.

The massive hurricane inflicted catastrophic damage on the Western Hemisphere's poorest nation, which still is recovering from an earthquake six years ago.

Many Impoverished Haitians live in flimsy shanties fashioned from wood and corrugated steel sheets, which can become deathtraps during a powerful storm.

National Public Radio reports that 500,000 people in the Caribbean country were affected by the hurricane, and in some towns, as much as 80 percent of the houses were destroyed.