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by Caribbean360.com
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Tropical storm warnings issued for Barbados and Dominica  while a tropical storm watch has been issued for St Vincent and the  Grenadines.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday July 8, 2013 – Tropical Storm  Chantal races westward, expected to affect the Lesser Antilles late Monday or  early Tuesday morning.

“Tropical Storm Chantal is located near 10.1N 48.5W or 775 miles east  southeast of Barbados according to the 11 pm AST advisory from the National  Hurricane Center (NHC).

The hurricane center reports that Chantal”is moving west northwest near 26  miles per hour and and this general motion is expected to continue through  Monday

The NHC report also indicated “tropical storm warnings are in effect for  Barbados, Dominica and St Lucia and a tropical storm watch is in effect for St  Vincent.”

“Maximum sustained winds are 40 miles per hour with higher gusts and Chanal  is expected to move across the Lesser Antilles late Monday night or early  Tuesday” said the report.

The estimated minimum central pressure for the system has dropped to 1007  mb.

Tropical Storm Chantal

According to Philip J. Klotzbach and William M. Gray of the Department of  Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane  season is expected to see about 18 named storms, including 9 hurricanes, with  four of them being major.

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