PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (July 10, 2013)--Tropical Storm Chantal was no longer expected to make landfall in the Dominican Republic or in Haiti Wednesday, but was still posing a flood threat even though it has lost some of its strength.
The storm Wednesday was been skirting the southern coast of the island shared by the two nations and forecasters said it could bring heavy rain to areas where many people live in vulnerable homes of plywood and corrugated steel.
People largely ignored warnings issued by the governments of both nations to leave their homes and instead were fortifying houses with extra tarps and wood, and gathering supplies.
The storm was headed west at nearly 30 miles an hour, with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles an hour on a track to head north across Cuba and toward the Bahamas and Florida, forecasters said.
It will probably weaken to a tropical depression by Thursday, forecasters said.