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‘Things not looking good for Haiti’

Published: 
Tuesday, November 2, 2010

“Things aren’t looking good for Haiti,” says director of the Meteorological Service of T&T Emmanuel Moolchan. It was forecast that Tomas, which had been downgraded from a category one hurricane to a tropical storm around 11 am yesterday, has the potential to again intensify into a hurricane sometime on Thursday into Friday. Haiti and Turks and Caicos Islands are expected to be hit by Tomas. Jamaica could escape Tomas’ wrath, according to yesterday’s forecast.

In an interview, Moolchan said the 11 am update indicated the centre of Tomas was located 13.6ºN Longitude and 68.7ºW Latitude and was 150 kilometres north northeast of Curacao and 675 kilometres southeast of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. He added Tomas was moving towards west southwest at 22 kilometres per hour. Maximum sustained winds were at 75 kilometres per hour. During the course of today and tomorrow, a general westward motion is expected. Moolchan said: “Tomas is expected to intensify into a hurricane sometime on Thursday into Friday and by 8 am on Friday it is forecast to be south of Port-au-Prince. “By Saturday morning, Tomas will be close to Turks and Caicos Islands.

“As at today (Monday) we are seeing that Tomas may not have a direct impact on Jamaica.” Weather conditions for T&T remain “normal type,” Moolchan said. “What we are experiencing is our normal type weather patterns which are sunny and warm in the morning with showers in the afternoon. “Showers favour western Trinidad and can be heavy but won’t last more than an hour,” Moolchan said. Over the next few days, he said, because of the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) there was a trough of low pressure east of T&T which could impact on T&T’s weather. Tonight there are expected to be some showers because of the low pressure levels.

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