(PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti) -- Earthquake-ravaged Haiti is bracing for what could be the third major catastrophe to hit the country this year. Already stricken with a cholera outbreak, the island is now preparing for the landfall of tropical storm Tomas.
Forecasters say Tomas could be at hurricane strength when it approaches Haiti on Friday. Predicted winds of up to 70 miles an hour and expected rainfall amounts of up to 10 inches could wipe out tent encampments and cities, creating giant cesspools in a country where sewage and sanitation is poor.
Aid workers in Haiti are distributing food and supplies ahead of the storm. Matthew Cochrane, working with the Red Cross, says each family will be given a family kit.
"They contain two mosquito nets, rope, two tarpaulins, two blankets," Cochrane says. "They also get one of the shelter toolkits. They get a hygiene kit which is...basically toiletries for a family of five for about two months."
Cochrane adds that the Red Cross has "about 17,000 of these full sets in Haiti at the moment and ready to deploy if there's a disaster after Tomas. We've got about 8,000 of those coming in. So that's enough for about 125,000 people."
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