As of approximately 1:00 p.m., central time, the National Hurricane Center reports that the center of Tomas was about to move through the windward passage. Location: 19.8°N 74.0°W – Max sustained: 85 mph – Moving: NNE at 12 mph – Min pressure: 987 mb
Tomas gained strength overnight to Hurricane force and passed over the southwest peninsula of Haiti this morning. Local officials have called for the evacuation of refugees living in temporary housing that will not be suitable for the high winds and rains, but there is no where for these individuals to evacuate to and a fear that they will lose the small amount of belongs they have.
ELH last night reported rain and high winds, but no additional damage yet. Please remember the people living in Haiti and those working on continued relief efforts.