WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. military has begun flights over Haiti to take a look at damage caused by Hurricane Tomas.
U.S. Southern Command spokesman Jose Ruiz says flights from the USS Iwo Jima amphibious assault ship started on Saturday, one day after arriving off Haiti.
The ship has eight Marine Corps helicopters and two Navy helicopters that can pinpoint where aid is needed and can deliver relief supplies.
Ruiz said in a phone interview from Miami that the damage assessment flights were requested by Haiti's government, and that's all that's been asked for so far.
The State Department has said it has enough blankets, plastic sheeting, hygiene kits and other relief supplies in place throughout Haiti to help as many as 125,000 storm victims.