Batten down the hatches. Haiti’s government reported that five people were killed and nearly 15,000 evacuated as torrential rain and 145-mph winds pummeled the island. As officials try to assess the damage despite disabled communications in parts of the country, charitable groups are warning that crop destruction may mean famine for Haiti’s poorest citizens. It also remains uncertain whether presidential elections scheduled for Sunday will go ahead. Meanwhile, South Carolina’s told about a million coastal residents to clear out as the American South prepares to face the storm.