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Tropical Storm Chantal: A Threat to the U.S.?

July 8, 2013 - 06:31 PM
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The third named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. Does Tropical Storm Chantal pose a threat to the U.S.?

The Atlantic hurricane season officially began June 1st.  As of Sunday, there were only two named storms this season -- Andrea and Barry.  Now we're on to our third named storm, Chantal.  Tropical Storm Chantal developed late Sunday night over the central tropical Atlantic and was racing west-northwest toward the Lesser Antilles.  Here's the latest infrared satellite image of Chantal approaching the Windward Islands.

NOAA

As of late Monday, Chantal is still a tropical storm and is on track to bring rain and wind to the Leeward and Windward Islands by Tuesday with tropical storm conditions expected near Puerto Rico by late Wednesday.  Here's the latest track from the National Hurricane Center.

NHC

As Chantal tracks northwest, the storm could be near hurricane strength before it reaches Hispaniola.  After Chantal moves past Hispaniola, the storm should be affected by environmental conditions that will weaken the cyclone.  As of now, there does not seem to be any threat to the U.S.  The rest of the tropics remain fairly quiet this early July. 

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