Published: Nov 05, 2010 10:54 PM EDT
Updated: Nov 05, 2010 7:23 PM EDT

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Volunteers with Naples-based non-profit "Hope for Haiti" were riding out Hurricane Tomas in the earthquake-stricken country.

Mike Stewart, Hope for Haiti's country director, said poorly built homes and other structures had been severely damaged by Tomas' winds.

Hope for Haiti says all volunteers are accounted for and safe.

At least three people are dead in Haiti from flooding caused by Hurricane Tomas.

Officials say the three were trying to cross swollen rivers. The hurricane had earlier killed at least 14 people in the eastern Caribbean.

It's been battering parts of Haiti with heavy rain and 85 mile-an-hour winds. Steady rain turned the streets of the capital into flowing canals that carried garbage through the city.

U.S. Marines are standing by on the USS Iwo Jima off the coast of Haiti, preparing to help take relief supplies if needed.

Haitian officials had urged people living in camps for the country's 1.3 million homeless to go to the homes of friends and family. But many ignored the advice, and remained in the tent cities.

Haiti has been reeling ever since a January 4th earthquake killed hundreds of thousands of people, and left an estimated 1-million people homeless.

Many of the survivors are also fighting a Cholera epidemic sweeping through the sprawling tent camps set up since the earthquake.