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Tropical Storm Chantal speeds toward Caribbean Islands, may affect Southeast U.S. this weekend

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT)- Your First Alert weather team continues to monitor Tropical Storm Chantal.

LATEST ON CHANTAL: As of Monday evening, Tropical Storm Chantal was located about 700 miles southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico. It had maximum sustained winds of 50mph and was moving west-northwest at 26mph.

TRACK FORECAST: Chantal will likely affect the Lesser Antilles Tuesday and the mountainous Islands of Hispanola and [southeastern] Cuba midweek. If it survives, it would likely affect the Bahamas or Florida late in the week and the weekend.

INTENSITY FORECAST: Chantal will not likely organize into a hurricane because of a) fast storm motion in the short term b) interaction with mountains in the middle of the week and c) wind shear late in the week and the weekend. Chantal will likely be a weak tropical storm, a tropical depression, or perhaps even a remnant system by the weekend.

HOW WILL IT AFFECT NORTH CAROLINA? As stated above, Chantal is not at this time likely to be a strong, landfalling North Carolina system. However, with it in our general region late in the week and the weekend, it's possible some of its moisture may be incorporated into a cold frontal zone in the area. For that region, 40 - 60% rain chances are necessary for the Thursday-through-Sunday period.

Thanks for staying with your First Alert Weather team for updates! And please download our 2013 hurricane survival guide.

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