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Chantal falls apart, now a tropical wave

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MIAMI (WCIV) -- Tropical Storm Chantal is no more. The storm broke apart Wednesday afternoon to the point the National Hurricane Center classified the storm as a tropical wave.

Remnants of Chantal could still produce heavy rains and gusty winds, the weather agency reported.

Currently Chantal is located 260 miles south of the eastern tip of Cuba with sustained winds of 45 mph. The storm is moving at 23 mph.

The storm's break-up has caused weather agencies to rescind all tropical storm warnings and watches for the Caribbean and Hispaniola.

Hurricane Hunters flew into the storm Wednesday afternoon and had trouble finding the center of the storm because it had broken down so much since the 11 a.m. update.

Forecasters are still warning people in Chantal's path that the storm could still produce several inches of rain for Hispaniola, Jamaica, Cuba and the Bahamas over the next couple days. It could reach the Florida peninsula by Friday, the NHC said.

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