NU Online News Service, Nov. 04, 12:06 p.m. EDT

The 19th named storm of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to strengthen to hurricane status tomorrow before passing between Haiti and Cuba.

According to modeler Risk Management Solutions (RMS), Tomas is currently a tropical storm with winds of 50 mph; it was upgraded from a tropical depression as of yesterday, and is located in the north Caribbean Sea. The storm poses a heavy rain threat to Haiti and the Dominican Republic, said Margaret Joseph, catastrophe response analyst for RMS.

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