By Circles Robinson
HAVANA TIMES, Oct. 31 — Hurricane Tomas weakened on Sunday as it heads for the central Caribbean, noted Cuba’s Meteorology Institute (INSMET) at 6:00 p.m. EST.
Nonetheless, the storm is expected to gain strength again by mid-week and continues to bode a threat to Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
The Cuban forecasters located the center of Tomas to be 440 kilometers (273 miles) south of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The hurricane packs maximum sustained winds of 120 kph (75 mph) with a minimum central pressure of 994 millibars.
INSMET said Tomas was moving at 19 kph (12 mph) on a westerly path and may drop back to a Tropical Storm before regaining intensity.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami indicates a large cone of possibilities for the development of Hurricane Tomas in the coming days involving the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, far eastern Cuba and the Turks & Caicos Islands.