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Chantal Weakens, But Still Poses Flood Threat

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Tropical Storm Chantal is no longer expected to make landfall in the Dominican Republic or in Haiti, but it's still posing a flood threat -- even though it has lost some of its strength. Tropical Storm Chantal is no longer expected to make landfall in the Dominican Republic or in Haiti, but it's still posing a flood threat -- even though it has lost some of its strength.
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Chantal Weakens, But Still Poses Flood Threat
July 10, 2013 at 12:32 p.m.

Tropical Storm Chantal is no longer expected to make landfall in the Dominican Republic or in Haiti, but it's still posing a flood threat -- even though it has lost some of its strength.

The storm today has been skirting the southern coast of the island shared by those two nations. And forecasters say it could bring heavy rain to areas where many people live in vulnerable homes of plywood and corrugated steel.

People have largely ignored warnings issued by the governments of both nations to leave their homes. Instead, people have been fortifying houses with extra tarps and wood, and gathering supplies.

The storm is headed west about nearly 30 miles an hour, with top sustained winds of 45 miles an hour. Forecasters say it's on a track to head north across Cuba and toward the Bahamas and Florida, but that it will probably weaken to a tropical depression by tomorrow.

Preparations Underway As Chantal Heads To Lesser Antilles
July 9, 2013 at 8:00 a.m.

Fast-moving Tropical Storm Chantal is racing toward the small islands of the Lesser Antilles.

Residents of St. Lucia are shuttering schools and preparing to close the island's two airports.

At last report, the storm was centered about 75 miles east of Barbados. Chantal has top sustained winds near 50 mph.

Tropical Storm Chantal Heading To Lesser Antilles
July 8, 2013 at 12:16 p.m.

Tropical Storm Chantal is racing toward the Lesser Antilles after forming in the Atlantic.

The storm's maximum sustained winds early Monday are near 45 mph (72 kph) with some strengthening expected over the next two days.

A tropical storm warning has been issued for Puerto Rico, Barbados, Dominica, St. Lucia, Martinique and Guadeloupe. A tropical storm watch is in effect for St. Vincent.

Chantal is centered about 550 miles (885 kilometers) east-southeast of Barbados and is moving west near 25 mph (41 kph).

Meanwhile in the Pacific, Tropical Storm Erick is getting closer to the southern portion of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, where a tropical storm warning is in effect. However, it is not expected to make landfall.

Erick's maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (72 kph) with gradual weakening expected to continue over the next two days.

Tropical Storm Chantal Heading To Lesser Antilles
July 8, 2013 at 7:43 a.m.

Tropical Storm Chantal is racing toward the Lesser Antilles after forming in the Atlantic.         

The storm's maximum sustained winds early Monday are near 40 mph (65 kph) with some strengthening expected over the next two days.         

A tropical storm warning has been issued for Barbados, Dominica, St. Lucia, Martinique and Guadeloupe. A tropical storm watch is in effect for St. Vincent.         

Chantal is centered about 705 miles (1,130 kilometers) east-southeast of Barbados and is moving west near 26 mph (43 kph).         

Meanwhile in the Pacific, Tropical Storm Erick is nearing the southern portion of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, where a tropical storm warning is in effect.         

Erick's maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 50 mph (85 kph) with gradual weakening expected to continue over the next two days.

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