Current Position: 16.5N and 70.8W
Geographic Reference: 155 MI
SSW of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Forecasters Estimated Max. Winds: 45 mph
Movement: West at 29 mph
Minimum Central Pressure: 1011 MB
At 8:00 am, the center of Tropical Storm Chantal was estimated near Latitude 16.5 North and Longitude 70.8 West. Chantal is moving toward the west near 29 mph and this general motion with a decrease in forward speed is expected through tonight. If Chantal remains a tropical cyclone, a gradual turn toward the northwest is expected on Thursday. On the current forecast track, the center will be moving near or to the South of Hispaniola today and over Eastern Cuba on Thursday. However, if Chantal degenerates into a tropical wave the remnants will move rapidly westward.
Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph with higher gusts. These winds are confined to areas of heavy thunderstorms to the North and East of the center. Weakening is forecast during the
next 48 hours. An air force hurricane hunter plane is en route to determine the status of Chantal.
Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 90 miles to the North and East of the center.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 1011 mb.
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