POSTED: Sunday, July 7, 2013 - 9:06pm
UPDATED: Sunday, July 7, 2013 - 9:31pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (NBC33) — The National Hurricane Center began issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Chantal Sunday night, as the tropical wave in the Atlantic Ocean showed signs of strengthening. In a discussion Sunday evening, forecasters at the Hurricane Center said, "The system has a high chance of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48-hours."
At the 10:00 p.m. update from the National Hurricane Center, winds were estimated around 40 mph with a pressure of 1008 mb.
(Pictured: The National Hurricane forecast at 10:00 p.m. on Sunday night.)
Forecast models draw the path of this system into the Lesser Antilles, the eastern island-border of the Caribbean Sea, around Monday night or Tuesday. Then, it could eventually turn northward toward the Bahamas and the southeastern United States.
An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft will fly into Chantal to investigate the strength on Monday afternoon. Regardless of strength, the cyclone will bring heavy rain and gusty winds to areas of the northeastern Caribbean.
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