Projected path of Tropical Storm Chantal

Associated Press

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

The storm’s maximum sustained winds early Monday are near 40 mph 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 630 miles east-southeast of Barbados and is moving west near 26 mph.

By midweek, Chantal will encounter disruptive winds that could lead to weakening, according to AccuWeather meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski. This potential weakening would occur around the same time it nears Hispaniola and eastern Cuba.

Later in the week, it is possible that what’s left of the storm would enhance shower and thunderstorm activity across the Florida Peninsula, Pydynowski reports.

It’s still too early to know what effect – if any – Chantal could have on Connecticut.

Zachary Duhaime of WXedge wrote on a blog post today “We are several days ahead from any impact form a tropical cyclone but EVERYONE along the East Coast needs to keep an eye on this one. The NHC (National Hurricane Center) storm track has the classic bend, with the storm possibly, eventually riding up the coast. That being said, if it did in fact ride up the coast, it would likely be a weak storm since the waters are not as warm as they would be in September or October.”

For the latest updates on Chantal from the National Hurricane Center click here.

Jim Shay