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Tropical Storm Chantal races toward Caribbean

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Tropical Storm Chantal barreled through the Atlantic Ocean early Monday, racing toward the Lesser Antilles, the National Weather Service said.

The third named storm of the 2013 hurricane season is expected to cross into the Caribbean on Tuesday.

Chantal, with its 40 mph winds, was about about 705 miles (1,130 kilometers) east-southeast of Barbados, moving to the west at 26 mph, forecasters said. Some strengthening is expected over the next two days.

The five-day tracking map takes the storm near Puerto Rico, the island of Hispaniola, Cuba, the Bahamas and South Florida.

Tropical storm warnings are in place for Barbados, Dominica, St. Lucia, Martinique and Guadeloupe. A tropical storm watch is in effect for St. Vincent.

Chantal is expected to dump 2 to 4 inches of rain over the Leeward and Windward Islands, with up to 6 inches possible in some areas.

Credit: CNN