Traveling at 26 mph, storm Chantal is making a bee line up the chain of Caribbean Islands that will take it across most of the Bahamas then along the US coast by Saturday. Although the winds are 40 mph the storm is traveling at 26 mph creating a net wind field in excess of 60 mph and the potential for rapidly changing sea conditions. Here is the official status report at Miami.
Miami-Dade Emergency Management is monitoring Tropical Storm Chantal in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 630 miles ESE of Barbados.
Current location: 10.6N 50.6W (Approximately 2100 miles SSE of Miami-Dade County).
Maximum Sustained Wind Speed: 40 MPH
Forward Speed: 26 MPH
Forward Direction: W
Potential for further development or weakening: Some strengthening and movement to the northwest is forecasted during the next 48 hours.
Potential Impact for Miami-Dade County: Miami-Dade County is currently in the five day forecast cone.
Current Miami-Dade County Actions: Level 3 (Monitoring)
Current related watches and warnings for Miami-Dade County: None
Miami-Dade Emergency Management will continue to provide updates on this weather system as it evolves. Detailed information on this system can be found at www.nhc.noaa.gov (Mobile: www.nhc.noaa.gov/mobile). For forecast information specific to your area please visit http://weather.gov/miami.