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Published On: Mon, Jul 8th, 2013

ONE EYE ON THE TROPICS: Watching Tropical Storm Chantal

chantaltrackMIAMI- Tropical Storm Chantal has become the third named storm of the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season and could threaten Hispanola by Wednesday afternoon before tracking north-northeast towards Eastern Cuba and the Bahamas.

Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center (NHC) remain uncertain whether or not Chantal hold together after interacting with land later this week but—if Chantal survives—it could threaten the Eastern Seaboard of the United States by next weekend.

Points along the East Coast, from Florida to Maine, should keep an eye on Chantal as the storm intensifies along its approach to the Caribbean.

Tropical Storm Chantal was last pinned 775 miles east-southeast of Barbados and a Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Dominica, Barbados and Saint Lucia.

A Tropical Storm Watch is currently in effect for Saint Vincent.

If Chantal remains a named tropical cyclone by the weekend, it will be entering the waters east of Florida and beginning on a track similar to last year’s Hurricane Sandy.

Although feeling the effects of Sandy and 2011’s Hurricane Irene, Massachusetts has not experienced a direct hit from a named hurricane since Hurricane Bob in 1991.

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