I sure wish he'd pick up some speed, the faster he goes the easier it is for those in his path.
Waking up this morning, watching coverage of Hurricane Tomas on the television and it occurs to me again and again how I would take a hurricane over an earthquake anytime. You can prepare, you can have some small semblance of a sense of control. Nothing is more unsettling than to feel the earth move and I am not talking about a Carole King song. Seriously, the one thing we rely on is the ground is solid beneath our feet, the sun rises and sets as does the moon but when suddenly there are little circles in your coffee and hanging plants begin to sway without a breeze in the sky and the floor beneath you shakes... that is scary indeed. As someone who has lived in L.A. and West Hollywood... would most definitely say I would take a hurricane anytime over an unexpected strong earthquake. Either way they need help so please donate. Pick your charity of choice or find a group who actively works with sending aid to Haiti.
As for track...it really doesn't matter that much unless he intensifies so rapidly that he wraps all of the moisture into a small, little ball moving 25 mph forward speed through the Windward Passage.
After Cuba and Haiti...where does he go?
Turks and Caicos and then it gets murky. Either he becomes tangled up in the trough and becomes a baroclinic system and it out of here fast or he lingers around a while.
Keep watching. Dig into your pockets and donate what you can. Stay safe and have a good weekend and be glad you are not threatened with life or death issues like many in Haiti are this tropical morning.
Ps....again info on Tomas is below, current as of 8 AM.
ABOUT 80 MI...130 KM SSE OF GUANTANAMO CUBA
ABOUT 160 MI...255 KM W OF PORT AU PRINCE HAITI
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...85 MPH...135 KM/HR
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NE OR 35 DEGREES AT 10 MPH...16 KM/HR
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...987 MB...29.15 INCHES