At 8 p.m. Tuesday, the center of Tropical Storm Chantal was centered at latitude 15.4 degrees north and longitude 64.9 degrees west, or about 220 miles south-southeast of San Juan, P.R. Maximum sustained winds had increased to around 65 miles per hour (mph), and the minimum central pressure had dropped to 1006 millibars, or 29.71 inches.
Tampa Bay had a lightning storm Tuesday evening, and Chantal is growing closer. [youtube_sc url=”http://youtu.be/pYL0t2J86ks”]
As of the time of publication on Tuesday evening, Chantal is still racing towards the west-northwest at 26 mph. This direction, with a decrease in forward speed, is expected for the next 48 hours. There is the potential for Chantal to intensify into a hurricane during the day on Wednesday. Changes in the forecast models since Monday night There have been a few key changes to the forecast models since Monday night. These differences have affected both the overall path and expected intensity of Tropical Storm Chantal through the weekend. First, Chantal has continued to move very quickly through the Caribbean Sea. This has shifted the forecast track closer to the Florida Peninsula, and could lead to tropical storm conditions along the southeastern coast of the state towards the weekend.