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Haiti wants major camp evacuated ahead of storm

 Earthquake survivors gather around a bonfire at a makeshift camp in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday Nov. 1, 2010. Many people in the camps said they di...
 This NOAA satellite image taken Tuesday, November 02, 2010 at 01:45 PM EDT shows Tropical Storm Tomas over the central Caribbean Sea, about 350 miles...
 A woman talks to a priest at the Caradeux Camp for people displaced by the Jan. earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday Nov. 2, 2010.  Forecaste...
 People ride a bicycle as they enter the Caradeux Camp for people displaced by the Jan. earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday Nov. 2, 2010.  Fo...
 Girls return to their family's tents after filling containers with water at the Caradeux Camp for people displaced by the Jan. earthquake in Port-au-...
 A child reaches out for a stuffed animal hanging to dry at the Caradeux Camp for people displaced by the Jan. earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tu...
 A girl walks in the Caradeux Camp for people displaced by the Jan. earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010.  Forecasters predict T...

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Earthquake survivors gather around a bonfire at a makeshift camp in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday Nov. 1, 2010. Many people in the camps said they di...

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This NOAA satellite image taken Tuesday, November 02, 2010 at 01:45 PM EDT shows Tropical Storm Tomas over the central Caribbean Sea, about 350 miles...

Haiti Tropical Weather

A woman talks to a priest at the Caradeux Camp for people displaced by the Jan. earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday Nov. 2, 2010. Forecaste...

Haiti Tropical Weather

People ride a bicycle as they enter the Caradeux Camp for people displaced by the Jan. earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday Nov. 2, 2010. Fo...

Haiti Tropical Weather

Girls return to their family's tents after filling containers with water at the Caradeux Camp for people displaced by the Jan. earthquake in Port-au-...

Haiti Tropical Weather

A child reaches out for a stuffed animal hanging to dry at the Caradeux Camp for people displaced by the Jan. earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tu...

Haiti Tropical Weather

A girl walks in the Caradeux Camp for people displaced by the Jan. earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010. Forecasters predict T...

It was the jewel of Haiti's post-earthquake recovery: an organized relocation camp with thousands of tents billed as hurricane-resistant, lined up evenly on graded mountain soil.
Now, staring down an expected hit later this week from a hurricane, officials say Corail-Cesselesse is not safe. On Tuesday, the government advised the estimated 7,850 residents of its primary relocation camp to ride out the storm somewhere else.
"We're asking people in Corail to voluntarily move from where they are and go to the houses of family or friends. The places the government has identified are churches and schools that are available for shelter from the storm," civil protection official Abel Nazaire told The Associated Press.
Camp managers held a "loudspeaker meeting" with megaphones to tell residents about the evacuation order, said Bryant Castro, the American Refugee Committee staffer managing the camp. Residents were told to seek any home they could find with relatives, friends or lovers.
A hurricane over the weekend, Tropical Storm Tomas was meandering its way through the central Caribbean on Tuesday with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph), according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami. Its center was about 385 miles (620 kilometers) south-southwest of quake-devastated Port-au-Prince and moving west near 14 mph (22 kph).
Forecasters predicted it will soon veer north toward Haiti and regain hurricane strength as it approaches, perhaps by Friday. A hurricane watch was issued for Jamaica, and the center said the storm could dump up to 8 inches (20 centimeters) of rain on Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.
Aid workers are scrambling to prepare for a possible direct hit in Haiti, but are already short of supplies after dealing with the catastrophe of the Jan. 12 quake that left more than 1 million people with only a plastic tarp or tent to protect them.
Haiti has issued its highest-level storm warning to inform people they may need to evacuate _ though most have nowhere to go.
Tomas would be the first big storm to strike Haiti since the earthquake killed as many as 300,000 people and forced millions from their homes. It would also be the first tropical storm or hurricane to hit since 2008, when the storms Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike battered Haiti in the space of a month, killing nearly 800 people and wiping out 15 percent of the economy.
A U.S. Navy vessel, the amphibious warship Iwo Jima, was steaming toward Haiti on Tuesday to provide disaster relief.
Tomas already killed at least 14 people in the eastern Caribbean nation of St. Lucia, where police said seven more were still missing.
The storm caused more than $37 million in damage as it battered Vieux Fort, the island's second-largest town, according to government estimates. Two bridges were left impassable, cutting the community off from the capital, Castries.
Noelia Joseph, who lives in Soufriere, said she lost three relatives who lived with her.
"I was in the living room when a great big wind accompanied by water swept through the house, washing me into a nearby street," she said. "I tried calling to my mother but couldn't hear a thing. The top floor of the house came crashing down with my mother and two brothers still inside."


Updated : 2020-11-30 23:05 GMT+08:00