Tropical storm down to wave

WILLEMSTAD–The respective governments discontinued tropical storm watches for Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao (the ABC islands) on Tuesday evening.

The remnants of Bret were located at 5:00pm near latitude 12.0 North, longitude 67.3 West. The dissipated cyclone had been moving rapidly toward the West-Northwest near 22mph (35km/h) and this motion was expected to continue during the next day or so.

Maximum sustained winds were down to near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. These winds were associated with squalls to the North of the centre. Tropical-storm-force winds extended outward up to 115 miles (185 km) to the North of the centre. The estimated minimum central pressure was 1,008mb (29.77 inches).

The remnants of Bret were expected to produce total rain accumulations of one to two inches over Trinidad and Tobago as well as coastal Venezuela last night.

The disturbance was about 183 miles (295 kilometres) Southeast of Curaçao when it quickly started weakening. The island’s calamity team held press briefings to keep the public informed on possible consequences of the system’s expected passage overnight. Rough seas and strong wind gusts were still forecast, but local authorities saw no reason to keep local schools or the airport closed.

Nevertheless, people were asked to check their roofs for loose panels and windows, put their documents and valuables in plastic bags, trim tree branches near power lines or the house, stock up on easy-to-prepare foods and have ready flashlights, portable radios and medicine.

Small craft owners and beach coastal facilities operators also were advised to secure their property.

Source: The Daily Herald