Tropical Storm Chantal
Posted by Vivian Gonzalez
Short term: For now a batch of dry air is filtering through, but that will change soon. On Tuesday, there is a slight chance of seeing some showers and thunderstorms and by the middle of the week it could be very wet. We have a non-tropical spin of low pressure in the upper atmosphere over the Bahamas and it is moving our way. As it moves over us, it will drag plenty of tropical moisture that could produce strong thunderstorms, dangerous lightning, gusty winds, small hail and heavy rain. Right now the chance for rain on Wednesday is at a 60%.
Long term: South Florida our weather by the end of the week will heavily depend on Tropical Storm Chantal currently located 550 miles East-Southeast of Barbados in the Central Atlantic Ocean. As of 11am, it is a little stronger with sustained winds at 45mph. It is now moving West-Northwest at 25 mph. Chantal is expected to move through the Windward and Leeward Islands Monday night into Tuesday morning. It is expected to interact with the high terrain of Hispaniola by days 3 and 4 where it will weaken. It will weaken more once it turns to the North close Florida and the Bahamas due to strong upper-level winds digging South around the Southeast United States.
The forecast track shows that more of the Florida peninsula is included in the forecast cone, but with a system so far away, it is important to be patient and prepare accordingly. Those are very wise words from our very own Chief Meteorologist Phil Ferro. Prepare like if the storm is coming and you will never be caught off guard. A lot of things can change in the long run, which is why we urge you to tune in from time-to-time to get the latest developments from your Storm Station.
Have a great Monday and make it a safe one!
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