Tropical storm loses steam as it heads to the northwest

Tropical Storm Chantal has dissipated in the Caribbean and is now a low pressure trough over Haiti and the eastern tip of Cuba.

As expected the storm took a turn to the northwest, as the U.S. National Hurricane Center predicted over the weekend. But instead of gaining strength, it weakened, although the center said that winds still were near tropical storm force.

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said that instability is growing in the air over Costa Rica. The forecast predicted rains in the afternoon today. The most intense are expected to be on the Nicoya peninsula, and the central and south Pacific, the institute said.

There were bright skies in the metro area for most of Wednesday and some brief light showers in the afternoon.

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