Tomas - weakens to a Tropical Storm

Reported by Colin Hackman – bio|email 

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Hurricane Tomas has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm.  Strong southwesterly shear has cut off the supply of energy from the system which was packing triple digit wind speeds on Sunday.

Now just a tropical storm, Tomas is anticipated to keep it's 45 mph sustained winds and its westward direction at around 10-15 mph for the next couple of days.

Intensification into a hurricane is still possible later this week as Tomas travels into a more favorable environment later.  One big concern for Tomas is that it may move over the island of Hispanola later this week.  This scenario would bring torrential rains to Haiti and could cause a humanitarian crisis in the wake of January's earthquake. 

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