Chantal Expected to Rip Through Yucatan Peninsula

Monday, August 20, 2001
Tropical Storm Chantal, moving westward toward Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and Belize, was headed for a landfall on Monday night or early Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center here. "We expect landfall tonight or early tomorrow morning," said meteorologist Eric Blake.

As for the location, "It's hard to pinpoint," Blake said. It may be the southern part of the Yucatan Peninsula or northern part of Belize."

"There's a slight possibility of it becoming a hurricane, but we don't think that will happen before it makes landfall," Blake said.

The tropical storm maintained its top winds of 65 mph, still shy of the 74 mph threshold to become a hurricane, forecasters said.

A hurricane watch was issued for the Yucatan's Caribbean coast from Belize City to the Mexican resort center of Cancun, alerting residents to expect hurricane-force winds within 36 hours.

At 5 a.m. EDT, the ragged center of the storm was about 245 miles east-southeast of Chetumal, Mexico. Tropical storm winds extended outward as far as 200 miles.

Chantal was moving west-northwestward at 15 mph (24 kph) and was expected to stick to that course, dumping 3 to 5 inches of rain along its path. The hurricane center expected little change in the storm's speed or the strength of the wind over the next 24 hours.

Chantal rolled over the Lesser Antilles earlier this week, causing no significant damage, then lost strength but it fortified again over Friday. Lightning linked to Chantal killed two people in Trinidad on Thursday.

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter April 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Environmental

DNV GL 7 JIPs in North America

In a concerted drive to find smart solutions to safely reduce complexities and cost in the North American oil and gas industry, DNV GL is leading seven new joint

Recent strength in dry bulk shipping to be short-lived - Drewry

Drewry forecasts dry bulk freight rates in 2016 will be, on average, lower than in 2015, as the medium-to-long term fundamentals for dry bulk shipping will remain challenging,

Dryad Maritime Unveil WxConnect

Today, 5th May 2016, Dryad Maritime release WxConnect, a new scalable, managed weather forecasting service for ships and fleets. The launch of the service comes

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0702 sec (14 req/sec)