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