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TS CHANTAL MOVING WESTWARD IN THE CARIBBEAN SEA

TS CHANTAL MOVING WESTWARD IN THE CARIBBEAN SEA

July 9, 2013861Views

Current Position: 15.2N and 63.7W

Geographic Reference: 270 MI SE of San
Juan, Puerto Rico

Forecasters Estimated Max. Winds: 65 mph

Movement: West-Northwest at 26
mph

Minimum Central Pressure: 1006 MB

 

Forecast

At
5:00 pm, the center of Tropical Storm Chantal was located near Latitude 15.2 North,
Longitude 63.7 West. Chantal is moving toward the West-Northwest near 26 mph.
This general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days with a gradual
decrease in the forward speed. On the forecast track, the center of Chantal
will continue to move away from the Lesser Antilles tonight and is expected to
be near or over the Dominican Republic by Wednesday afternoon. Chantal is
expected to be over the Southeastern and Central Bahamas on Thursday.

 

Maximum
sustained winds are near 65 mph with higher gusts.  These winds are confined to a small area to
the East the center. Chantal is expected to be near hurricane strength before reaching
Hispaniola.

 

Tropical-storm-force
winds extend outward up to 90 miles to the West of the center.

 

Cloud bands could reach the British Virgin
Islands this evening, bringing additional showers and possible thunderstorms
early Wednesday. Small craft operators should remain in port and sea bathers
should closely monitor changing sea conditions.

 

Residents are urged to monitor the system as
it has not passed the Territory and its path remains uncertain. The Department
of Disaster Management (DDM) will continue to monitor the situation and provide
updates accordingly. Please visit the DDM’s website and subscribe for updates.

 

Disclaimer: The
Department of Disaster Management (DDM) is not an official Meteorological
Office. The Information disseminated by the Department is gathered from a
number of professional sources used or contracted by the DDM to provide such
information. This information is to be used as a guide by anyone who has
interest in local weather conditions. By no means can the DDM or the BVI
Government be held accountable by anyone who uses this information inappropriately
for legal evidence or in justification of any decision which may result in the
loss of finances, property or life.