Some strengthening of Tropical Storm Chantal is forecast during the next 48 hours as Reconnaissance aircraft are about to head towards the storm.
Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph with higher gusts.
At 5pm, the center of tropical storm Chantal was located near latitude 11.8N, longitude 53.9W or about 560 miles east south east of Dominica.
Chantal is moving towards the west northwest near 25 mph. On the forecast track, the center of Chantal should reach the Lesser Antilles early Tuesday.
A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Dominica.
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area in this case within 24 to 36 hours.
Tropical storm force winds are expected within the warning area by early Tuesday.
Chantal is expected to produce rain accumulations of 2 to 4 inches with maximum amounts of 6 inches possible. Storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 1 to 3 feet above normal tide levels. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by dangerous waves.
Residents should finalize all preparedness activities as they await Tropical Storm Chantal.