Tropical Storm Chantal expected to move through Bahamas

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Tropical Storm Chantal, the third named storm of this Atlantic hurricane season, is expected to move through the Bahamas on Friday and near the south east coast of the United States on Saturday.

The National Hurricane Center named the storm at 10:45 p.m. Sunday. The center's current track takes the storm to the Bahamas by Friday.

Currently, Chantal is a weak tropical storm with winds of 45 mph and is moving WNW at 25 mph.

As of Monday, Chantal could become the first Atlantic hurricane in 2013 in the next 48 hours, but will have trouble maintaining that intensity with the Lowcountry looking at mainly a rain maker of a storm.

Possible effects for the South Carolina coast include an increased chance of rain on Friday and Sunday, and rough surf and rip currents for the weekend.

A tropical storm warning has been issued for Barbados, Dominica, St. Lucia, Martinique and Guadeloupe. A tropical storm watch is in effect for St. Vincent.

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