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As Chantal dissipates, new storm threatens Caribbean

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Written by Stephanie Kriner Staff Writer, DisasterRelief.org, with news reports
As Chantal dissipated over Mexico, another storm - shocking forecasters after springing up almost out of nowhere - is looming over the eastern Caribbean north of the Virgin Islands. Tropical Storm Dean emerged in the Caribbean Wednesday (Aug. 22), just shortly after forecasters even noticed that a weather system was forming.

By mid afternoon, St. Croix reported wind gusts of 73 mph and Dutch St. Maarten and the British Virgin Islands had closed their airports due to poor visibility, rain and wind. Airlines were forced to cancel several flights, and heavy sea swells beached a freighter ship. "The system is developing and intensifying," Eric Blake, a meteorologist at the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami, told the Associated Press.

As of 2 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, a tropical storm warning was in effect for the southeastern Bahamas, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. A tropical storm watch was in effect for the central Bahamas.

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Dean's maximum sustained winds neared 60 mph with higher gusts and tropical storm-force winds extending 140 miles. As the storm headed west-northwest at nearly 25 mph, it was 55 miles north of San Juan.

Meanwhile, the topical depression that was once Tropical Storm Chantal was dissipating over Mexico after turning away from the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday afternoon. Forecasters had warned that Chantal could re-emerge as a hurricane if it reached the Gulf.

Mexico discontinued all warnings and watches in effect on its coasts, although the Bay of Campeche was still experiencing high winds and rough seas.

At 11 a.m. Chantal still had maximum sustained winds of near 30 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. It was located about 30 miles southeast of Villahermosa, Mexico, moving to the west-southwest near 10 mph.

Chantal formed last week, and soaked several small Caribbean islands, leaving two dead in Trinidad before moving onto Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. There was little damage and no injuries reported.

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