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Tropical Storm Chantal has strengthened slightly as it raced across the Atlantic towards the Lesser Antilles at 25 MPH.

Chantal is now packing maximum sustained winds of 45 MPH and is located 700 miles east south east of Dominica.

A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for the island.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area in this case within 24 to 36 hours.

At 11am, the center of tropical storm Chantal was located near latitude 10.9N, longitude 51.7W, according to the Dominica Met Office.

Chantal is moving towards the west northwest near 25 mph. On the forecast track, the center of Chantal should reach the Lesser Antilles early Tuesday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

Tropical storm force winds are expected within the warning area by early Tuesday.

Chantal is expected to produce rain accumulations of 2 to 4 inches with maximum amounts of 6 inches possible. Storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 1 to 3 feet above normal tide levels. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by dangerous waves.

Residents should finalize all preparedness activities as they await Tropical Storm Chantal.

 Via: DNO
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