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Tropical Storms Push Toward U.S., Mexico

July 8, 2013

Tropical Storm Chantal sped toward the Lesser Antilles Monday in the Atlantic while Tropical Storm Erick pushed toward Mexico's Pacific coast, forecasters said.

Chantal, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, was about 630 miles east-southeast of Barbados, moving west at a 26 mph clip, the National Hurricane Center said in its 8 a.m. EDT advisory.

Tropical storm warnings or watches were posted for Barbados, Dominica, Saint Lucia, Martinique, Guadeloupe and Saint Vincent.

On its current track and speed, Chantal was expected to reach the Lesser Antilles early Tuesday and move into the eastern Caribbean Sea later in the day, forecasters said.

Chantal was expected to produce 2-4 inches of rain over the Leeward and Windward islands, with up to 6 inches possible, forecasters said.

In the Pacific, Erick was 85 miles south of southern Baja California Peninsula in Mexico, the hurricane center said. With maximum sustained winds of 50 mph, the tropical storm was moving northwest at 9 mph.

A tropical storm warning was posted for Baja California Sur from Santa Fe to La Paz.

Forecasters said Erick was expected to maintain its northwestward motion for the next day or so, then shift west-northwest on Wednesday.

On its forecast track, Erick's center was expected to pass just south of the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula Monday.

It is forecast to weaken during the next two days.

Erick could produce 1-3 inches of rain in the southern Baja California Peninsula.

Source: Copyright UPI 2013

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