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Tropical Storm Chantal 2013 – Updates and Trajectory

Tropical Storm Chantal, the third named storm of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season has formed southwest of the Lesser Antilles Sunday night. Below are latest updates:

Update 23:25 UTC
First death from tropical storm Chantal has been reported
. A 26 years Dominican firefighter was killed in Maimon.
Street floodings have been reported in Santo Domingo. Las Americas International Airport has cancelled some international flights to Brazil, Haiti and the United States.
A nationwide red alert has been declared in Haiti due to the possibility of flooding and landslides.
Tropical storm Chantal caused several tornadoes in Antigua

Update 14:30 UTC; 2013/07/10

Chantal is currently moving towards Dominican Republic and Haiti. Landslides and heavy flooding could hit Dominican Republic and Haiti, disaster management official said.
Chantal is expected to make landfall Wednesday afternoon in Dominican Republic. According to the hurricane center, Hispaniola could see 10 inches of rains. 

Update 23:50 UTC
Chantal is currently located 345 km S of San Juan Puerto Rico and 530 km se of Santo Domingo Dominican Republic.

Update 17:50 UTC

Chantal is currently located 540 km SE of San Juan Puerto Rico with a maximum sustained winds of 65 mph. It is moving rapidly away from the Lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean Sea. Chantal is
expected to reach Dominican Republic tomorrow (Wednesday).
A storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 1 to 3 feet above normal tide levels in the Leeward Islands, Windward Islands and Puerto Rico.

Update 15:15 UTC

According to the latest report issued by National Hurricane Center in Miami at 15:00 UTC, Chantal is located 85 km NW of St. Lucia and 660 km SE of San Juan Puerto Rico.
The government of the Dominican Republic has issued a Hurricane Watch from Barahona to Samana.

Chantal is currently moving between Martinique and St. Lucia.

Below is a coastal watches/warnings and 5-day tropical storm Chantal 2013 forecast map (trajectory) by National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane_Chantal_trajectory

Update 12:00 UTC
In a press conference at District Emergency Management (DEM), minister of Home Affairs and Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite has urged Barbadians to stay indoors until a green signal is given.

Update 09:20 UTC

Chantal is currently located 120 km E of Barbados and 285 km E of St. Lucia.

The Government of St. Lucia has closed the George F. Charles Airport. The cancellation of leave for police officers has been announced in meeting of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO).
According to the Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony, all schools will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Similarly local emergency services are in full alert in Barbados. Category One shelter has been opened.

Update 06:30 UTC

Chantal is currently located 250 km E of Barbados and 455 km ESE of Martinique.

Update 03:10 UTC; 2013/07/09

According to the latest report issued by National Hurricane Center in Miami at 03:00 UTC, Chantal is located 380 km ESE of Barbados and 555 km ESE of St. Lucia. Dominican Republic government has replaced the tropical storm watch with a tropical storm warning from Cabo engano to the border with Haiti.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for
* Barbados
* Dominica
* St. Lucia
* Martinique
* Guadeloupe
* Puerto Rico
* Southern coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo engano to the
border with Haiti.

Similarly a tropical storm watch is in effect for
* St. Vincent
* U.S. Virgin Islands
* Vieques and Culebra
* northern coast of the Dominican Republic from north of Cabo engano
to Cabo Frances Viejo
* Haiti

Update 23:20 UTC

According to the National Hurricane Center, the center of Chantal will reach the Lesser Antilles early Tuesday, the eastern Caribbean sea later Tuesday and near the Dominican Republic on Wednesday. Chantal is forecast to weaken over Hispaniola and Cuba.
It is also predicted to bring thunderstorm in Florida Peninsula later in the week.
Another tropical storm Erick is getting closer to Mexico's Baja California peninsula.

Update 15:25 UTC

Tropical Storm Chantal is currently located 885 km ESE of Barbados. Chantal has strengthen slightly. A tropical storm watch has now been issued for Puerto Rico including Vieques and Culebra. Tropical storm warning continues for Barbados, Dominica, Saint Lucia, Martinique and Guadeloupe.
Below is Chantal maximum 1-minute wind speed probability table issued by Hurricane Center in Miami.

Tropical_storm_Chantal_2013_advisory

Update 09:15 UTC

According to the latest report issued by National Hurricane Center in Miami at 09:00 UTC,
Chantal was located 1,130 km ESE of Barbados. The government of France has also issued a tropical storm warning for Martinique and Guadeloupe. In total, tropical storm warning is in effect for Barbados, Dominica, Saint Lucia, Martinique and Guadeloupe.
Chantal continues to move rapidly toward the Lesser Antilles.
Barbados Meteorological Office has told Barbadians to prepare for bad weather tonight and tomorrow morning. Local emergency services have been put on standby, emergency management official said.
Below is a you tube video of press meeting of Barbados deputy director of department of emergency management regarding tropical storm Chantal.


 

Update 06:10 UTC
According to the latest report issued by National Hurricane Center in Miami at 06:00 UTC, Chantal was located 1,245 km ESE of Barbados. A tropical storm warning continues for Barbados, Dominica and Saint Lucia. Similarly a tropical storm watch is in effect for Saint Vincent.

Related post: List of predicted storms of 2013 Atlantic hurricane season

Tropical Storm Chantal, the third named storm of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season has formed southwest of the Lesser Antilles Sunday night.

As of 03:00 UTC, the center of Tropical Storm Chantal was located 2,800 miles southeast of Raleigh and is moving west at 26 mph  toward the Lesser Antilles.

The government of Barbados has issued a tropical storm warning for Barbados and Dominica and a tropical storm watch for St. Vincent.

The government of Saint Lucia has also issued a tropical storm warning for Saint Lucia.

Tropical storm Chantal is expected to produce 2 to 4 inches of rains over the Leeward and Windward Islands, NOAA's National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida said.

Weather officials have expected more tropical warnings and watches for Lesser Antilles on Monday morning.

Below is a coastal watches/warnings and 5-day tropical storm Chantal 2013 forecast map (trajectory) by National Hurricane Center.

Tropical_Storm_Chantal_2013_forecast_map

Andrea was the first named storm of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season. 

Hurricane season in the Atlantic begins June 1st and ends November 30th. Hurricane prediction 2013 report mentions that the entire U.S. coast has a 72 percent chance of being hit by a major hurricane. Four out of nine are predicted to be a major hurricane in 2013 (Categories 3, 4 or 5).

Original post: Natural Disasters List July 8, 2013

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