Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Research | By Elizabeth Houston

Tropical Storm Bret forms in the Atlantic

Tropical Storm Bret forms in the Atlantic

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the Windward Islands. The most likely scenario is for a weak and highly disorganized tropical storm to slowly develop by early next week.

The disturbance is moving west at 23 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour.

Warm, moist air will continue to reside over the area through the upcoming work week, with the possibility of a tropical system affecting our weather as well.

WIND: Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the coast within the warning area on Tuesday.

Regardless of development, heavy rains are expected to continue over portions of Central America, the Yucatan Peninsula, the Cayman Islands, and western Cuba during the next day or two. Models are split on the track past 2-3 days, so I will keep you posted right here and on WJCL 22 News.

But that's only one qualification for a tropical depression or storm.

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Last June was an outlier, when Bonnie, Colin and Danielle all spun through the Atlantic Basin as tropical storms. While there is less rainfall potential at the moment to the north, we have many swollen rivers in that area due to recent rains which could also increase the local flood threat.

Gov. Rick Scott scheduled a late-afternoon call Monday with Bryan Koon, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, to discuss the tropical outlook, according to Scott's office.

It is forecast to move into the Gulf of Mexico this week and will have a high chance to develop as well.

The Meteorological Office in Trinidad issued bulletin saying the country should begin to experience tropical storm conditions between midnight and 6 am Tuesday.

If it's able to do that, the name of the storm would be Bret. Over the course of tonight and tomorrow morning, this low pressure is expected to move over the Yucatan Peninsula into the south or central part of the Gulf of Mexico. This is expected to be able to overcome the system, and dissipate it by the end of the work week.

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