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Situation Report #2 Hurricane Tomas severely impacts Saint Lucia and caused damage to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Barbados (as at 2:00 p.m.)

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Message: Hurricane Tomas severely impacts Saint Lucia, causing major destruction to infrastructure. Barbados and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines also experienced significant damage due to Tomas.

Event

Hurricane Tomas, a Category 1 hurricane, began affecting Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines about 12:00 p.m. on Saturday October 30, 2010 with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour with higher gusts. The centre of the storm passed 20 miles south of Barbados, strengthened to a Category 1 Hurricane and moved northwest, impacting the states of Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Saint Lucia and Dominica. All warnings have been discontinued for CDEMA Participating States.

Prognosis

At 11.00 a.m today, October 31, 2010. the centre of Hurricane Tomas was located near latitude 14.0 north and longitude 63.7 west. Tomas is moving toward the west-northwest near 9 mph and this motion is expected to continue through Sunday followed by a turn to the west on Monday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 90 mph. Tomas is a Category One hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane wind scale. Some slight weakening is forecast over the next 24 hours as Tomas moves across the eastern Caribbean Sea over the next couple of days.

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 40 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 175 miles.