Posted by Vivian Gonzalez
Plenty of rain is expected with a spin of low pressure in the upper atmosphere moving over us from the Bahamas. This means anytime downpours likely and a good chance is expected through Thursday.
As of this morning, Chantal is weaker which is good news for our friends in Hispaniola. However, they will still be dealing with heavy rain and gusty winds. The main concern whether it is a weak or strong system is the possibility of seeing flash flooding and mudslides. Hispaniola including Puerto Rico could see from 3-6 inches and up to isolated amount of 10 inches of rain in the next 24 hours.
Hurricane hunters are currently out investigating Chantal to see if it is still holding together or if it will be downgraded (they need to find a well defined center of circulation). If it is downgraded, it could be either a depression or open area of clouds and rain also known as a tropical wave.
The forecast track has it moving through Haiti by the afternoon as a tropical storm, weakening considerably to a depression or wave. On Thursday, it is expected to move through Cuba and then into the Florida straits. Yes the majority of Florida remains in the forecast cone and we need to closely watch it regardless. That way we will never be caught off guard. Lots can change, as well as, the forecast track. If the center of Chantal manages to stay over water just off our coast, it could have a small window of opportunity to strengthen into a tropical storm before making landfall between Georgia and South Carolina early next week.
South Florida weekend weather:
If Chantal holds, then our weather will be stormy. Gusty winds and rough seas will be around.
If Chantal falls apart, then our weather will not be as wet and seasonal chances for rain expected.
Stay tuned to our Storm Station 7news for the latest developments. Be safe and informed!
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