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Chantal Weakens Significantly

National Weather Service

Tropical Storm Chantal's winds have decreased to 45 miles per hour and the storm is moving west at 29 miles per hour. As of 5a.m., the storm was 260 miles West Southwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Meteorologists say Chantal may degenerate into a tropical depression or tropical wave later today.  There is a possibility the storm could reorganize or strengthen this weekend as it moves north of the Bahamas. The official forecast from the National Hurricane Center has Chantal as a minimal Tropical Storm Saturday night off the First Coast.


  • Building surf and elevated rip current risk this weekend as swells increase
  • Increased rainfall late this week through the weekend
  • River flooding problems may re-occur
  • Small craft advisories late this weekend
Karen found her home in public broadcasting after working for several years as a commercial television reporter. She joinedWJCTin 2005 as the host of 89.9 FM’s Morning Edition and has held many different roles at the station in both radio and television. She has written and produced documentaries includingBeluthahatchee: The Legacy of Stetson Kennedy and Jacksonville Beach: Against the Tide and directed the oral history project, Voices of the First Coast.