Tropical Depression Chantal to weaken, may bring heavy rain to South Florida

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Tropical Depression Chantal is expected to weaken as it moves closer to South Florida on Friday.

Chantal is bringing scattered thunderstorms and showers over the western Bahamas and the Atlantic Ocean, the National Hurricane Center said in its 11 a.m. update.

The system is packing maximum sustained winds of 30 mph with higher gusts. It’s expected to move near or over South Florida by Friday evening.

If it continues to grow, the disturbance could be the fourth named storm of the 2019 hurricane season, “Dorian.”

The system could bring heavy rains to southern and central Florida over the weekend.

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