Hurricane Irma has ploughed past the Dominican Republic towards Haiti after devastating a chain of Caribbean islands and killing at least 14 people.

With winds of around 290 kph, the Category 5 storm is one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century.

The Bahamas, a tiny island nation that usually draws five million tourists annually, is one of the next countries on the path of the hurricane.

Its hotels and beaches are largely empty amid preparations for the tropical storm.

 

Al Jazeera's John Hendren reports from its capital Nassau.

Latin America, Bahamas, Weather