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Tropical Storm Chantal targets Dominican Republic, Haiti

Tropical Storm Chantal threatened to turn into a hurricane while it churned toward the Dominican Republic and Haiti on Tuesday, and authorities there and in Puerto Rico warned of possible landslides and heavy flooding.

The storm had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph and was moving west-northwest at 26 mph late Tuesday.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami issued a hurricane watch for the Dominican Republic's southern coast, with the storm expected to be near or over the country by this afternoon. Chantal is then expected to be over the southeastern and central Bahamas on Thursday.

Chantal had raced through the eastern Caribbean early Tuesday, with officials in Dominica reporting that heavy winds ripped off the roofs of several homes.

No injuries were reported there or anywhere else in the region.

The 2 p.m. forecast track for Tropical Storm Chantal shows the storm’s effects possibly being felt in Florida by Friday evening.

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The 2 p.m. forecast track for Tropical Storm Chantal shows the storm’s effects possibly being felt in Florida by Friday evening.

Tropical Storm Chantal targets Dominican Republic, Haiti 07/09/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 9:19pm]

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