Hurricane Fiona slams the Dominican Republic

STORY: According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center's hurricane specialist unit acting chief Eric Blake, the Dominican Republic is being battered with "extremely heavy rainfall" and winds as strong as 90 miles (144 km) per hour.

The country's Office of Civil Defense indicated that about 800 people were evacuated from high-risk areas and near rivers and ravines in rural communities in the east.

The Dominican Emergency Operations Centre warned that rains may persist for two days, even as the eye of the hurricane moves away from Dominican territory later Monday.