Tomas losing strength

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday November 1, 2010 – The hurricane that caused millions of dollars in damages in three Caribbean islands over the weekend is slowly weakening, but is forecast to regain strength by late tomorrow.

Tomas, now a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds near 45 miles per hour, has been losing power as it moves over the south-central Caribbean Sea.

At 11 am, Tropical Storm Tomas was located about 90 miles north-northeast of Curacao and 420 miles southeast of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and moving towards the west-southwest near 14 miles per hour.

No watches or warnings are currently in effect and additional weakening is forecast today.

However, according to the National Hurricane Centre in Miami, “re-strengthening could begin by late Tuesday”. 

Tomas left a trail of destruction in Barbados, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines as it stormed over the islands, drenching them with heavy rains and causing serious damage with its fierce winds.

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