SOURCE: NOAA – St. Vincent, June 23, 2023 – Tropical Storm Bret continues its westward movement over the eastern Caribbean Sea, leaving behind rain and gusty winds in portions of the Lesser Antilles.
The government of Barbados has discontinued the Tropical Storm Warning for St. Vincent and the Grenadines, indicating improving conditions in the area.
At 11:00 AM AST (15:00 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Bret was located at latitude 13.3 North and longitude 64.7 West.
The storm is approximately 235 miles (380 km) west of St. Vincent and about 300 miles (480 km) east-northeast of Curacao. With maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (95 km/h), Bret is moving westward at a speed of 21 mph (33 km/h).
The minimum central pressure is recorded at 1002 mb (29.59 inches).
Although there are currently no coastal watches or warnings in effect, interests adjacent to the southeastern Caribbean Sea are advised to monitor the progress of Bret closely.
The storm is expected to continue its westward motion throughout the weekend, moving away from the Windward Islands and crossing the eastern and central Caribbean Sea in the next couple of days.
While the sustained winds of Bret are currently at 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts, gradual weakening is forecasted over the next few days.
The storm is likely to dissipate over the central Caribbean Sea by Sunday. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward upto 125 miles (205 km) from the center.
The main hazards affecting land include gusty winds, rainfall, and surf conditions.
Gusty winds are expected to subside across the Windward Islands in the next few hours.
Rainfall associated with Bret is anticipated to diminish across the Lesser Antilles later today as the storm moves westward.
However, additional rainfall of 1 to 2 inches is possible across portions of the Lesser Antilles, including Barbados, which could lead to flash flooding, particularly in areas of higher terrain. Urban flooding is also a possibility.
Swells generated by Bret are gradually subsiding along the Lesser Antilles, but they are likely to increase in areas adjacent to the central Caribbean Sea later today and on Saturday.
These swells pose a risk of life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.
Local weather offices should be consulted for detailed information on surf conditions and any associated hazards.
Stay informed and take necessary precautions as the storm progresses.
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