Tropical Storm Chantal forms in the Atlantic, headed toward Lesser Antilles

  • Posted: Monday, July 8, 2013 6:21 a.m., Updated: Monday, July 8, 2013 6:23 a.m.

MIAMI — Tropical Storm Chantal is racing toward the Lesser Antilles after forming in the Atlantic.

The storm’s maximum sustained winds early Monday are near 40 mph (65 kph) with some strengthening expected over the next two days.

A tropical storm warning has been issued for Barbados, Dominica, St. Lucia, Martinique and Guadeloupe. A tropical storm watch is in effect for St. Vincent.

Chantal is centered about 705 miles (1,130 kilometers) east-southeast of Barbados and is moving west near 26 mph (43 kph).

Meanwhile in the Pacific, Tropical Storm Erick is nearing the southern portion of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, where a tropical storm warning is in effect.

Erick’s maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 50 mph (85 kph) with gradual weakening expected to continue over the next two days.

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