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Deadly storm closes in on Haiti


MADISON (WKOW) -- At least 21 people were missing or dead in St. Lucia, in the wake of Tropical Storm Tomas. Tomas swept over the Caribbean island, as it headed toward Jamaica and the tent cities of Haiti.

According to published reports, an American tourist was among those killed in St. Lucia.

Tomas weakened to a Tropical Depression early Wednesday, but was forecast to pick up strength over the next two days, and now a hurricane watch has been issued for Jamaica.

Haiti, the Dominican Republic and southeastern Cuba were also warned to monitor Tomas's progress, while forecasters warned of a "significant threat" to those areas later this week.

At 5 a.m. on the morning of Nov. 3, a U.S. Air Force Reserve unit hurricane hunter plane reported that the maximum sustained winds were about 35 mph.

The 2010 Atlantic hurricane season has produced 12 hurricanes, five of them major.

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