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Haiti Prepares for Tomas' Landfall; Aid Workers Distributing Kits

Photo Courtesy - Spencer Platt/Getty Images(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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Navy Sends Ship to Haiti Ahead of Tropical Storm Tomas

Photo Courtesy - Shanika L. Futrell/US Navy via Getty Images(MIAMI) -- U.S. Southern Command is sending an amphibious assault ship to Haiti in advance of tropical storm Tomas' projected arrival later this week.

According to the U.S. Navy, USS Iwo Jima, along with its 10 helicopters and two landing crafts, will travel from Suriname to Haiti in case humanitarian relief is needed after the storms hits.

By the end of this week, Tomas is expected to veer towards Haiti, where over a million people are still living in tents and under tarps, making them vulnerable to heavy rainfall and wind.  The earthquake-ravaged country has also been battling a recent outbreak of cholera that has sickened thousands of people.

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Now a Hurricane, Tomas Bears Down on Caribbean

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(MIAMI) -- Tropical Storm Tomas is now a category one hurricane that forecasters predict will dump 4 to 8 inches of rain on the Windward Islands before moving into the Eastern Caribbean.

“We're expecting it to steadily strengthen to a major hurricane…and at that point the storm should be positioned somewhere south of Hispaniola or southeast of Jamaica,” said John Cangialosi of the National Hurricane Center.

The storm is not expected to hit the U.S. mainland, but Cangialosi says it could affect Puerto Rico.

Tomas is the 12th hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane season.

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