(NECN) - Hurrican Irene hit the northern part of the Dominican Republic, and continues to make its way across the Caribbean, heading to the U.S.
Emergency officials from Florida and the Carolinas are closely watching the storm.
In the Dominican Republic, waters flooded homes and streets, and scattering debris. Hundreds were displaced by flooding, and forced them to take refuge in churches, schools or relatives' homes. Electricity was also cut in some areas.
Meanwhile, in the States, forecasters are warning that Irene could turn into a monstrous Category 4 storm before reaching the U.S. mainland this weekend.
In Florida, residents are prepping for the storm by stocking up on supplies, including shutters, plywood and bottled water.