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Chantal Gains Little Strength As It Storms Away From Lesser Antilles

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Chantal, the third named storm of the 2013 Hurricane Season, has gained a little strength as it moves away from Lesser Antilles into the Eastern Caribbean Sea.

As of 11 p.m., Tropical Storm Chantal was 215 miles south of San Juan, Puerto Rico and 330 miles southeast of the Dominican Republic and had maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour. The storm was moving to the west-northwest at 28 miles per hour.

A Hurricane watch is in effect for Barahona to Samana Dominican Republic.

A Tropical Storm warning is in effect for Puerto Rico, the entire coast of the Dominican Republic, the entire coast of Haiti, Turks and Caicos, and southeastern Bahamas.

A Tropical Storm watch is in effect for the U.S. Virgin Islands, Vieques and Culebra and the central Bahamas.

Chantal is expected to keep moving quickly toward the west-northwest for the next couple of days. On Wednesday, Chantal is expected to be near or over the Dominican Republic.

The storm will be over the southeastern and central Bahamas, Thursday.

Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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