Tropical Storm Chantal forms, forecasters watch 4th system

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, July 31, 2007 – The third tropical storm of the season formed Tuesday morning.

Tropical Depression #3 which formed late Monday night was upgraded Tuesday morning after sustained winds reached 40 miles per hour (mph).

National Hurricane Centre (NHC) forecaster, Eric Blake, said Chantal satellite images as well as data from the QuikScat indicated that the depression has strengthened to tropical storm strength and at 8:15am Eastern Standard Time it was located about 330 miles south of Halifax Nova Scotia.

It is rapidly moving toward the northeast near 23mph.

Chantal poses no threat to any landmass.

Forecasters are also closely monitoring a tropical wave located 700 miles east of the southern Windward Islands. The NHC said that environmental conditions are favourable for development.

Computer tracking models are keeping the system on a westward track bring it across the southern Caribbean islands on the weekend. Overnight the system showed signs of becoming better organised though within recent hours the trend has not been continuing.