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Tropical Storm Chantal (2013)
Tropical Storm Chantal taking rare early-season path
Tropical Storm Chantal taking rare early-season path

Tropical Storm Chantal is churning through the Lesser Antilles islands and possibly heading toward the East Coast, a path that is more common in the heart of hurricane season than in early July. Not only that, but the storm is a bit "early" to begin with: The third named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season comes, on average, around Aug. 13. As of Tuesday morning, Chantal was about 85 miles east of St. Lucia with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph. The National Hurricane Center's forecast cone takes it across Hispaniola, through the Bahamas and a few hundred miles east of Florida's Atlantic coast by next weekend. AccuWeather.com's Henry Margusity suggests...

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