Tropical Storm Chantal swirls toward eastern Caribbean

MIAMI (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Chantal churned across the Atlantic Ocean toward the eastern Caribbean yesterday on a track that would put it over flood-prone Haiti and the Dominican Republic later this week, U.S. forecasters said.

The third named storm of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season posed no immediate threat to US oil and gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

But while a track forecast from the Miami-based National Hurricane Center showed it turning away from the gulf after cutting across eastern Cuba early Friday, meteorologists said that forecast was still subject to possible change.

On the current track forecast, the storm would likely head back out to sea after skirting across the eastern coast of Florida and crossing the Bahamas on Saturday.

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