Tomas is a hurricane

Tomas, once expected to spin up to a fairly strong hurricane, then weakened and not expected to do so, has done so. Tomas is now a serious hurricane with winds of up to 75 knots and sustained winds of 70 knots, and is expected to become stronger.

Tomas is bearing down on Haiti, but the eye is passing as smoothly as possible between Cuba and Hispaniola.