Tropical Storm Chantal Forecast: When Will 50 MPH System Reach Florida? [VIDEO, REPORT]

By Staff Reporter on July 9, 2013 11:15 AM EDT

Tropical Storm Chantal
Tropical Storm Chantal is projected to strike Florida. (Photo: National Hurricane Center)

Tropical Storm Chantal is the third Atlantic storm of the 2013 hurricane season. According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, Chantal has made landfall in Barbados Tuesday morning.

Weather tracking satellites indicate Tropical Storm Chantal will be moving northwest for the next couple of days as it produces maximum sustained wind speeds of 50 mph. Chantal stretches as far as 90 miles from its center.

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Thankfully, computer models suggest that Tropical Storm Chantal will not strike the oil-rich Gulf of Mexico. However, the storm will cause disruptions in Florida and could threaten the Sunshine State's precious orange crops, reported Belga News.

"Conditions as its tracking close to the Lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean are certainly favorable for additional strengthening," said AccuWeather meteorologist Brian Edwards. "We wouldn't be surprised if it gets close to hurricane strength by tomorrow as it nears Hispaniola."

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Martinique, Saint Lucia, Barbados, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico, and the southern coast of the Dominican Republic, stretching from Cabo Engano to the Haitian border. The area will experience high winds, heavy rain, and strong waves within the next 36 hours.

Tropical Storm Chantal is expected to strengthen and produce maximum sustained winds of 70 mph. Forecasters believe Tropical Storm Chantal will fall just shy of hurricane classification as the mountains of Hispaniola can potentially weaken the storm's winds before they reach a sustained 74 mph.

According to the LA Times, Tropical Storm Chantal is expected to travel towards Florida in the next five days. However, forecasters believe Chantal will downgrade into a tropical depression by the time it reaches the Florida coast on Friday and over the weekend.

Learn more about Tropical Storm Chantal in the video below:

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