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Chantal No Longer a Tropical Threat in Caribbean

UPDATED 5 PM EDT, July 10, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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Tropical Storm Chantal has lost its punch and become a remnant low pressure as it scoots across the Caribbean. Even so, it will pose a flash flooding potential across Hispaniola.

The remnant storm is 230 miles southeast of Kingston, Jamaica moving west at 23 mph. Its central pressure is 29.88 inches or 1012 mb.

All tropical-related advisories with Chantal have been dropped in Jamaica and the Bahamas.

Hurricane hunters have determined after flying into Chantal that it no longer has a closed circulation to classify it as a tropical storm or depression.

Chantal`s remnants will pass through Jamaica and eastern Cuba by early Thursday and then into the Bahamas and near the Florida peninsula early this weekend. The low pressure will likely trigger bursts of downpours that could cause flash flooding.

Hurricane hunters may fly back into the remnant low in the next day or so to see if it has redeveloped a center of circulation. It will therefore be closely monitored for possible second development.

Otherwise, there is no sign of any additional tropical development in the Atlantic or Pacific basins at this time.

In an average tropical season two named storms have formed in the Atlantic basin by the end of July and 6 named storms have formed in the Pacific. So far Chantal marks the third named storm in the Atlantic and five named storms have already formed so far this season in the Pacific.

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