MIAMI (July 8, 2013)--Tropical Storm Chantal was racing toward the Lesser Antilles Monday with maximum sustained winds near 45 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said.
Some strengthening is expected over the next two days, forecasters said.
A tropical storm warning was in effect for Puerto Rico, Barbados, Dominica, St. Lucia, Martinique and Guadeloupe and a tropical storm watch was in effect for St. Vincent.
Chantal was centered about 550 miles east-southeast of Barbados and is moving west near 25 miles per hour.
Meanwhile in the Pacific, Tropical Storm Erick was getting closer to the southern portion of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, where a tropical storm warning is in effect, but, it was not expected to make landfall.
Erick's maximum sustained winds were near 45 miles per hour, but the storm was expected to continue to weaken.