Tropical Storm Bret Forms in Atlantic: Possible Hurricane Threat
Tropical Storm Bret formed in the central Atlantic Ocean on Monday, with forecasters saying it could pose a hurricane threat to the Lesser Antilles by Thursday and the Dominican Republic and Haiti by the weekend1.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami said that Bret had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph) at 5 p.m. Monday as it moved west across the Atlantic at 21 mph (33 kph). Forecasters expect it to strengthen over the next two days, reaching Category 1 hurricane strength of 74 mph (120 kph) by Wednesday night1.
Bret is “forecast to strengthen and move across the Lesser Antilles as a hurricane on Thursday and Friday, bringing a risk of flooding from heavy rainfall, hurricane-force winds, and dangerous storm surge and waves,” the center said2. There is a possibility that the storm could turn north or continue west into the Caribbean and threaten the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and other islands2.
Lesser Antilles, Dominican Republic, and Haiti on Alert
Everyone in the Lesser Antilles, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands should closely monitor updates to the forecast for this system and have their hurricane plan in place2.
Stay tuned for more updates on this developing story.