Hurricane Tomas Strengthens, Becomes Category 2

October 31st, 2010 - 8:53 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
Hurricane TomasOct 30, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The weather forecasters announced early Sunday morning that Hurricane Tomas has strengthened to Category 2 storm as it traveled through the eastern Caribbean. The National Hurricane Center in Florida announced earlier that tropical storm Tomas damaged many homes and it has also downed power lines in Barbados. The latest weather report says that today morning Hurricane Tomas was 90 miles in west-northwest of St. Vincent and about 95 miles west of St. Lucia. The hurricane center reported that Hurricane Tomas’ maximum sustained winds are 100mph,a nd it makes it a Category 2 hurricane.

Hurricane Tomas is reported to be Atlantic nations’s 12th hurricane. It has lashed many Caribbean islands where it brought down many electric poles and ripped roofs off the houses. The officials storm warning have already been issued in Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Saint Vincent, Grenada, Martinique, the Grenadines as well as Saint Lucia as these are the areas expected to be affected the most owing to the hurricane. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said that Hurricane Tomas strengthened its base on Saturday night with with 90 mph winds. However, no reports of death has been reported yet.

The largest festival of the island, Creole festival is also canceled owing to Hurricane Tomas. The National Hurricane Center officials are of the opinion that in the middle of the week it can turn to Category 3 to Category 4 in the south of the Dominican Republic and Haiti. However, the biggest fear right at this moment is that Hurricane Tomas might affect Haiti, which is already hit by cholera and also around 1.5 million survivors are still living without a proper shelter and are susceptible to danger.

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