Hurricane Tomas Threatens Haiti

by admin | November 5th, 2010

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Tomas reached hurricane strength in the Caribbean early Friday as it headed toward earthquake-ravaged Haiti.  The hurricane’s maximum sustained winds were near 80 mph. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said some additional strengthening is expected.

At 4 a.m. ET, Hurricane Tomas was located about 175 miles west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and was moving northeast near 9 mph.  The storm was expected to cross over Haiti’s southwestern tip then swirl through the strait that divides Haiti from Cuba.

The storm drenched Haiti on Thursday, threatening fragile, crowded earthquake survivors’ camps in country that is also reeling from a deadly cholera epidemic.  Tomas was expected to bring surging waves, heavy rains and possible flash flooding and mudslides to mountainous Haiti, forecasters said. Torrential rains of up to 10 or 15 inches were expected in some areas.

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