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Tropical Storm Chantal heading toward Lesser Antilles

Updated: Monday, July 8 2013, 02:14 PM CDT


MIAMI (AP) - Tropical Storm Chantal is racing toward the Lesser Antilles after forming in the Atlantic over the weekend.


Stay with KFDM and kfdm.com for updates on the storm's track.

The storm’s maximum sustained winds early Monday are near 40 mph (65 kph) with some strengthening expected over the next two days.

A tropical storm warning has been issued for Barbados, Dominica, St. Lucia, Martinique and Guadeloupe. A tropical storm watch is in effect for St. Vincent.

Chantal is centered about 630 miles (1,010 kilometers) east-southeast of Barbados and is moving west near 26 mph (43 kph).

Meanwhile in the Pacific, Tropical Storm Erick is getting closer to the southern portion of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, where a tropical storm warning is in effect.

Erick’s maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 kph) with gradual weakening expected to continue over the next two days.


The extended forecast track takes Chantal to southern Florida, but it's too soon to tell if it will go west into the Gulf or east along the East Coast. We'll have a much better idea of its path in the coming days.

Tropical Storm Chantal heading toward Lesser Antilles


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