The storm’s maximum sustained winds as of midday Monday are near 45 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 Puerto Rico and St. Vincent.
Chantal is centered about 550 miles east-southeast of Barbados and is moving west -northwest at 25 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.
Meanwhile in the Pacific, Tropical Storm Erick is getting closer to the southern portion of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, where a tropical storm warning is in effect.
Erick’s maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph with gradual weakening expected to continue over the next two days.
Contributing: Doyle Rice, USA TODAY
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