BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday June 19, 2017 – The first storm since the official start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season has formed, threatening Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada.
A hurricane hunter this afternoon found that what was previously a potential tropical cyclone had developed into Tropical Storm Bret, and the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami said in its 5 p.m. advisory that the system carrying maximum sustained winds near 40 miles per hour.
Bret was about 125 miles southeast of Trinidad and about 225 miles southeast of Grenada at that time, and moving toward the west-northwest near 30 miles per hour. It is expected to continue at a slightly slower speed over the next 48 hours.
“On the forecast track, the tropical storm is expected to move near or over Trinidad and the eastern coast of Venezuela tonight and early tomorrow,” the NHC said.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, and parts of Venezuela’s east coast, while a tropical storm watch is in effect for Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba.
“Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach portions of the warning area tonight, making outside preparations difficult or dangerous,” the NHC said.
“The disturbance is expected to produce total rain accumulations of two to four inches over the Windward Islands and the eastern coast of Venezuela tonight and tomorrow.”
While Bret is the first storm since the June 1 to November 30 Atlantic hurricane season officially started, it’s not the second to form this year. Tropical Storm Arlene formed over the central Atlantic Ocean in April.