Hurricane Tomas Finally Losing Steam


The National Hurricane Centre in Miami said that the storm was losing steam over the open Atlantic after passing the British territory of the Turks and Caicos Islands with winds of up to 70mph, heavy rain and tornadoes.

In Haiti, parts of which endured a 24-hour beating, residents who lost homes and loved ones in January's earthquake faced disaster once again as their encampments in the seaside town of Leogane were deluged when a local river burst its banks, washing away their few possessions.

Some took to the streets in the middle of the storm to protest the government's failure to fix the infrastructure in Leogane, which was 90 per cent destroyed in the earthquake.

In the capital, Port au Prince, situated 20 miles further east, several of the tented camps and shantytowns, which house the majority of the 1.3 million earthquake refugees, were awash with mud and water, which President René Préval warned could be breeding a bigger threat.

An outbreak of cholera, transmitted through contaminated food and water, has already killed 442 people and infected nearly 7,000 in the last three weeks.

""We have two catastrophes that we are managing; the first is the hurricane and the second is cholera,"" said President Preval in a radio address from the presidential palace.