Published: Fri, August 23, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Tropical Storm Chantal forms in North Atlantic

Tropical Storm Chantal forms in North Atlantic

At noon Bermuda time on Wednesday, Chantal, located 455 miles south of Cape Race, Newfoundland, was packing winds of 40 miles per hour with higher gusts and heading east at 20 mph.

A new tropical storm has formed in the Atlantic north of Bermuda, but now poses no threat to land, forecasters said on Wednesday.

National Hurricane Center prediction for path of storms out of the south Atlantic to Carolinas.

Chantal's brief run as a tropical storm is over. It is forecast to push eastward before weakening to a tropical depression by Friday.

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The hurricane center is also monitoring a trough of low pressure in Chantal's old neighborhood near the Bahamas.

Friday will try to pluck a bit of that moisture out of the Gulf to bring the odds for isolated rain and a few, passing downpours to a 30% chance.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season will be busier than expected due to El Niño conditions. Some slow development is possible by this weekend or early next week while the system moves slowly northwest toward the Florida peninsula and then turns northeast off the southeastern coast of the United States.

Regardless of development, rain chances are forecast to go up beginning late Thursday through the weekend.

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