Despite the fact that storm Tomas has cleared the Southern Caribbean I would like to offer a quick update. This is a wicked storm with a strange pattern. Almost all models predicted a different path Tomas is taking right now. The storm is categorized as a tropical storm with sustained winds of up to 60 mph, moving slowly at a speed of 8 mph. It’s expected to gain strength in the following days and become a hurricane. It’s currently somewhere between Jamaica and Haiti.
According to the experts when a territory is on the left side of a storm the effects are much smaller than when located on the right side. Currently storm warnings have been issued. Hurricane warnings are in effect for Haiti, southeastern Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands and Cuba (Province of Guantanamo). Tropical storm warnings are in effect for Jamaica and Cuba (Provinces of Santiago de Cuba and Holguin).
Remember to follow instructions from your local closely and evacuate when instructed. We wish our fellow islanders all the best for the coming days. Keep monitoring this weather system closely as it tends to change rapidly.