Tropical Storm Chantal's Winds Now at 50 MPH

6:10 AM, Jul 9, 2013   |    comments
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(WLTX) - Tropical Storm Chantal is expected to make its first interaction with land by Tuesday. Meanwhile, the system could be a threat to the U.S. by the end of the weekend.

As of early Tuesday morning, Chantal had maximum sustained winds of 50 miles an hour, and was moving to the west-northwest at 26 miles an hour.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for much of the eastern Caribbean, including Barbados and Puerto Rico.

On Tuesday, the system will pass over several islands in the Lesser Antilles, Chantal is next expected to stay on its north-northwesterly path for much of the following three to five days. During that time, it's expected to pass over Hispaniola and Cuba. As it makes its way near the Bahamas, steering forces will move it more to the north. As it moves closer, its forward speed will also reduce.

"As it slows down, the difficulty then becomes, where does it go next?" says News19 Chief Meteorologist Jim Gandy.  "That's what we're going to be watching. Some of the computer models are suggesting it will turn and go into Florida, but that's something that remains to be seen."

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