Tropical Storm Chantal: A Threat to the U.S.?

      The Atlantic hurricane season officially began June 1st.{} As of Sunday, there were only two named storms this season -- Andrea and Barry.{}{}Now we're on to our third named storm, Chantal.{} Tropical Storm Chantal developed late Sunday night over the central tropical Atlantic and was racing west-northwest toward the Lesser Antilles.{} Here's the latest infrared satellite image of Chantal approaching the Windward Islands.


      As of late Monday, Chantal is still a tropical storm and is on track to bring rain and wind to the Leeward and Windward Islands by Tuesday with tropical storm conditions expected near Puerto Rico by late Wednesday.{} Here's the latest track from the National Hurricane Center.


      As Chantal tracks northwest, the storm could be near hurricane strength before it reaches Hispaniola.{} After Chantal moves past Hispaniola, the storm should be affected by environmental conditions that will weaken the cyclone.{} As of now, there does not seem to be any threat to the U.S.{} The rest of the tropics remain fairly quiet this early July.{}