The National Hurricane Center’s most recent bulletin, released at 5:00 AM AST, places Tropical Storm Chantal in the Atlantic Ocean, off the Leeward Islands, as it slowly approaches the Caribbean.
Chantal was about 75 miles – 120 kms – east of the Barbados and about 180 miles – 285 kms – east of St. Lucia. The storm continues to move toward the west-northwest near 26 mph – 43 km/h – “and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days,” the NHC said.
“On the forecast track the center of Chantal will move through the Lesser Antilles later this morning, move into the eastern Caribbean Sea this afternoon and evening, and be near the Dominican Republic on Wednesday.
“Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph – 85 km/h – with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 90 miles – 150 kms – mainly to the north of the center.”
The NHC also said a “tropical storm warning is in effect” for the following islands and land areas:
* St. Lucia
* Puerto Rico
* Southern coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to the border with Haiti
A tropical storm watch is in effect for:.
* St. Vincent
* U.S. Virgin Islands
* Vieques and Culebra
* Northern coast of the Dominican Republic
Source: National Hurricane Center
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