Will devote this hurricane season to provide up-to-the-minute, basic information when a tropical system is threatening land. Both basins included.
By: hurricaneben , 3:16 PM GMT on July 09, 2013
Tropical Storm Chantal is now giving the Lesser Antilles what should be the most significant impacts. Having strengthened somewhat in the past 24 hours, Chantal now has winds up to around 60 MPH and further strengthening is possible as it races its way towards Hispaniola. This is looking especially dangerous for Haiti where many still live in displacement tent camps following the tragic earthquake more than 3 years ago, and any period of heavy rainfall can yield for tragic consequences. Dominican Republic and southern Haiti are under tropical storm warnings as they anticipate higher winds and very heavy rainfall but the one thing that may be working in their favor is Chantal's very fast forward speed at 26 MPH which will limit the amount of rainfall they may get as compared to if it was slower but with 3 to 6 inches of rainfall in the forecast, flooding is still a major concern esp. in Haiti's case nonetheless and with Chantal possibly nearing hurricane status by the point of its passing sometime tomorrow. After impacting The Bahamas on Thursday as a weaker tropical storm, there is the possibility that a ridge of high pressure may shove it more westward in which case a possible landfall along the Southeast US from around Vero Beach FL toward North Carolina could occur but that is still far out and we will have to monitor this scenario closely for any changes south, north or out to sea. Again, I am most worried about what Haiti may face as any high rainfall amount over a short period of time may result in a potentially significant death toll from the flooding that ensues.
I'll have another update tomorrow.
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