Wednesday, June 10
There is One Tropical Cyclone in the Atlantic Basin.
Tropical Storm Chantal is located 335 miles East of Kingston, Jamaica & 145 miles South of Port Au Prince, Haiti and is centered at 16.5N & 72.0. Max sustained winds are 45mph. Min central Pressure 1011mb (29.85") and Andrea is moving West (280) at 29mph.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for; Entire coast of the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Turks & …..Caicos and SE Bahamas.
Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for; Central Bahamas and Jamaica.
After satellite and data analysis, T.S. Chantal is barely holding on by a string. Imagery suggests that Chantal NO LOGER has a closed circulation, this morning. However, thanks to data from the Hurricane Hunter Plane, there is evidence that a weak circulation is present. This will enable the NHC (National Hurricane Center). To keep publishing advisories. There is strong shear associated with and projected to be in advance this storm for the next few days. These variables coupled with land interaction through the Caribbean Sea is a strong indicator that this storm will not hold on for much longer.
The official forecast calls for gradual weakening. It is likely that complete dissipation will occur in the next 3 days or even earlier.
This tropical storm is continuing to move rapidly to the West. However, the steering currents that are in control of this storm are forecast to weaken as a Subtropical High Pressure System moves North and East. As that high retreats, we will see Chantal (or the remnants thereof) turn to the NW and then North and start to slow down a bit.
As of this morning, the NHC has lowered the projected intensity of Chantal to becoming post-tropical as soon as later today.
Chantal, at this point is not expected to affect Central Louisiana.
Elsewhere, tropical development is not expected during the next 48 hours.
For a continued look into the tropics, follow the link below to the First Alert Hurricane Center.