Hurricane Irene Hit Turks, Caicos Islands, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, And Bahamas-Photos

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Irene barreled through the Turks and Caicos Islands late Tuesday as a Category 1 hurricane, blowing off some roofs, flooding roads and downing power lines.

In Puerto Rico, Irene caused heavy flooding, landslides and Gov. Luis Fortuno said on Wednesday that 765 people remain in shelters, two days after he declared a state of emergency.

In the Dominican Republic, flooding, rising rivers and mudslides have prompted the government to evacuate nearly 38,000 people.

In Bahamas, Capt. Stephen Russell tells The Associated Press that the Category 3 hurricane had at least caused 90 percent of the homes in the settlements on Acklins and Crooked islands severely damaged or destroyed >>> please click here for updated photos <<<.

Irene was expected to become a Category 4 hurricane by Thursday as it passes over the northwestern Bahamas en route to the eastern U.S. coast, said the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida.

Raging waves whipped up by Hurricane Irene batter the seafront in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on Tuesday.
People walk around a beach in Nagua, Dominican Republic after the hurricane on Tuesday, August 23, 2011.
Residents search for their belongings in their damaged houses in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic after they were flooded by an overflowed river due to the passing of Hurricane Irene on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2010. Flooding, rising rivers and mudslides have prompted the Dominican Republic government to evacuate nearly 38,000 people and more slides were likely in coming days because of days of intense rain from the storm system. (AP Photo/Roberto Guzman)
A resident of the flooded Madre Vieja neighborhood in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic stands on the roof of his house after the passing of Hurricane Irene on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Roberto Guzman)
A house in the Moscu neighborhood of San Cristobal, Dominican Republic is seen under water of an overflowed river after the passing of Hurricane Irene on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Roberto Guzman)
A resident of the Madre Vieja neighborhood in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic, wades the water of an overflowed river after the passing of Hurricane Irene on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Roberto Guzman)
Water from waves that crashed over the barrier wall fill a street as the outer bands of Hurricane Irene affect Baracoa, Cuba, Wednesday Aug. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano)
A man walks where a wave sprays the street as the outer bands of Hurricane Irene affect Baracoa, Cuba, Wednesday Aug. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano)

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