UPDATE 7/10/13 5P
Tropical Storm Chantal falls apart and is now a tropical wave.
Earlier today, a hurricane hunter plane had trouble finding a center of circulation. At 5P, all watches and warnings have been discontinued, and they are no longer tracking the system.
The forecast cone had shown Chantal as a depression coming ashore in the keys Saturday morning.
What's left will still likely bring us some rain and gusty winds.
UPDATE 7/10/13 2P
South Florida is still expecting quite a bit of rain, but Chantal is weakening and all watches and warnings could be discontinued later today.
The government of the Dominican Republic has discontinued the tropical storm warning.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for the entire coast of the Dominican Republic and the entire coasts of Haiti, Turks and Caicos and the southeastern Bahamas.
Maximum sustained winds are still near near 45 MPH. Its moving toward the west near 29 MPH.
A tropical storm watch is in effect for the Central Bahamas and Jamaica.
Forecasters may discontinue all watches and warnings later today if Chantal degenerates into a tropical wave.
UPDATE 7/10/13 11A
South Florida may be able to breathe a sigh of relief...but not just yet.
Tropical Storm Chantal is weakening as it threatens parts of the Caribbean.
The National Hurricane Center has discontinued the Tropical Storm Warning for
Puerto Rico and the Tropical Storm Watch for the U.S. Virgin Islands. However,
the government of Jamaica has issued a tropical storm watch.
And a tropical storm warning is in effect for the entire coast of the Dominican Republic and the entire coasts of Haiti, Turks and Caicos and the southeastern Bahamas.
Maximum sustained winids are now near 45 MPH. Its moving toward the west near 29 MPH.
Chantal is expected to weaken to a tropical depression or degenerate into a tropical wave during the next 24 hours.
Forecasters say the third named storm of the hurricane season never posed a
serious threat to U.S. oil and gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico.
It's still a good idea to keep an eye on it, and to think about getting your
hurricane kit together as the season starts to get active.
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We have a new tropical storm brewing well out in the Atlantic.
Tropical Storm Chantal developed overnight hundreds of miles east of the Leeward Islands.
It's predicted to be over the Lesser Antilles by Tuesday and is tracking towards the northwest.
It may end up near South Florida by the end of the week.
A Hurricane Hunter plane is going to check it out this afternoon.
(Photo courtesy National Hurricane Center)