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Tropical Storm Chantal formed late Sunday night. The storm that we've been blogging about for the past couple of days has now reached tropical storm strength. Here is the latest info from the National Hurricane Center with their advisory. The map shows the forecast track. (Forgive the all-caps...that's just how they do it!)

...TROPICAL STORM CHANTAL FORMS OVER THE CENTRAL TROPICALATLANTIC......RACING WEST-NORTHWESTWARD TOWARD THE LESSER ANTILLES...SUMMARY OF 1100 PM EDT...0300 UTC...INFORMATION-----------------------------------------------LOCATION...9.8N 47.2WABOUT 865 MI...1390 KM ESE OF BARBADOSMAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...40 MPH...65 KM/HPRESENT MOVEMENT...W OR 275 DEGREES AT 26 MPH...43 KM/HMINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1008 MB...29.77 INCHESWATCHES AND WARNINGS--------------------CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY...THE GOVERNMENT OF BARBADOS HAS ISSUED A TROPICAL STORM WARNING FORBARBADOS AND DOMINICA AND A TROPICAL STORM WATCH FOR ST. VINCENT.THE GOVERNMENT OF SAINT LUCIA HAS ISSUED A TROPICAL STORM WARNINGFOR SAINT LUCIA.SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT...A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR...* BARBADOS* DOMINICA* SAINT LUCIAA TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR...* SAINT VINCENTA TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS AREEXPECTED SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA...IN THIS CASE WITHIN 24TO 36 HOURS.A TROPICAL STORM WATCH MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS AREPOSSIBLE SOMEWHERE IN THE WATCH AREA...IN THIS CASE WITHIN 24 HOURS.ADDITIONAL WATCHES OR WARNINGS MAY BE REQUIRED FOR PORTIONS OF THELESSER ANTILLES ON MONDAY MORNING.INTERESTS IN THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN SHOULD MONITOR THE PROGRESS OFCHANTAL.FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...PLEASE MONITORPRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR NATIONAL METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE.DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK------------------------------AT 1100 PM EDT...0300 UTC...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM CHANTAL WASLOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 9.8 NORTH...LONGITUDE 47.2 WEST. CHANTAL ISMOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 26 MPH...43 KM/H...AND THIS SAME RAPIDWESTWARD OR WEST-NORTHWESTWARD MOTION IS EXPECTED DURING THE NEXTCOUPLE OF DAYS. ON THE FORECAST TRACK...THE CENTER OF CHANTAL SHOULDAPPROACH THE LESSER ANTILLES LATE MONDAY NIGHT OR EARLY TUESDAY...AND MOVE INTO THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN SEA ON TUESDAY.MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 40 MPH...65 KM/H...WITH HIGHERGUSTS.  SOME STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS. TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 60 MILES...95 KMFROM THE CENTER.THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 1008 MB...29.77 INCHES.HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND----------------------WIND...TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED WITHIN THE WARNINGAREA MONDAY NIGHT AND EARLY TUESDAY.  TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS AREPOSSIBLE IN THE WATCH AREA EARLY ON TUESDAY.RAINFALL...CHANTAL IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE RAIN ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO4 INCHES OVER THE LEEWARD AND WINDWARD ISLANDS...WITH MAXIMUMAMOUNTS OF 6 INCHES POSSIBLE.