At 1100 PM AST (0300 UTC), the center of Tropical Depression Chantal was located near latitude 39.4 North, longitude 47.4 West. The depression is moving toward the east-southeast near 18 mph (30 km/h), and a turn toward the southeast with a decrease in forward speed is expected by Friday. Chantal is forecast to slow further and turn southward Friday night then drift clock-wise southwestward to west-northwestward over the weekend.
Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts. Further weakening is anticipated, and Chantal is forecast to become a post-tropical remnant low by Friday night.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 1010 mb (29.83 inches).
For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:
The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on recently
downgraded Tropical Depression Chantal, located several hundred
miles south-southeast of Cape Race, Newfoundland.
1. A trough of low pressure located over the central Bahamas is
producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Some slow
development is possible by this weekend or early next week while
the system moves slowly northwestward toward the Florida peninsula
at 5 to 10 mph and then turns northeastward off the southeastern
coast of the United States.
Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.