ABC islands eyeing Tropical Storm Bret

WILLEMSTAD–Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao are bracing for the possible impact of Tropical Storm Bret, which could be back down to a Tropical Depression by the time it reaches that area.

Tropical storm warnings were in effect yesterday evening for Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and Venezuela from Pedernales to Cumana, including Isla de Margarita. Tropical storm watches had also been issued for the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao).

The centre of Tropical Storm Bret was located by an Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft to be near latitude 9.4 North, longitude 59.8 West at 5:00pm Monday. Bret had been moving toward the West-Northwest near 30mph (48km/h) and was expected to continue in that direction, but at a slightly slower speed, over the next 48 hours.

On the current forecast track the disturbance was expected to move near or over Trinidad and the eastern coast of Venezuela last night and early today, Tuesday.

Maximum sustained winds were near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts and little change in strength was forecast during the next 48 hours. Tropical-storm-force winds extended outward up to 80 miles (130 km) mainly North of the centre and the estimated minimum central pressure was 1,007mb (29.74 inches).

Tropical storm conditions were expected to first reach portions of the warning area last night, making outside preparations difficult or dangerous. The system was forecast to produce total rainfall accumulations of 2-4 inches over the Southern Caribbean islands and the Eastern coast of Venezuela.

Source: The Daily Herald