Haitian’s facing another possible disaster

by admin | November 4th, 2010

Hurricane warnings now issued for Haiti, the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Tomas intensified a little bit overnight. As of 5am EDT Thursday Tropical Storm Tomas was located about 315 miles to the southwest of Port Au Prince, Haiti with top winds now near 50 mph and was moving toward the north-northwest at 7 mph.

Tomas is forecast to intensify into a hurricane Friday morning as it passes just west of Haiti. It is forecast move through the southeastern Bahamas Friday night and Saturday morning.

Hurricane warnings are now in effect for Haiti, the southeastern Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands. Hurricane conditions could occur in western Haiti Friday and in the southeastern Bahamas Friday evening through early Saturday morning.

A tropical storm warning has been issued for Jamaica. Tropical storm conditions are expected there later today through early Friday morning.

A tropical storm watch remains in effect for the Cuban provinces of Guantanamo, Santiago De Cuba and Holguin and the southern coast of the Dominican Republic from the Haiti border east to Barahona.

Even though Tomas has not intensified at all since late Wednesday afternoon it is forecast to begin strengthening later tonight.

Heavy rain from Tomas moves into Jamaica and Haiti later today. The heavy rain should end in Jamaica Friday, but linger into Friday night or Saturday morning in Haiti.

Rainfall of 1 to 3 inches is expected in Jamaica, but in Haiti and the Dominican Republic rainfall could total 5 to 10 inches with some amounts up to 15 inches possible in the mountains. Life-threatening flooding and mud slides are likely in and around the mountains.

Get Hurricane Tracking here from the Weather Channel

http://www.weather.com/newscenter/hurricanecentral/2010/tomas.html#articleJump

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