Hurricane hunters report little change in Bret

Reconnaissance aircraft reported little change in Tropical storm Bret as it continues to move westward at 16 miles per hour (24km/h) towards the Lesser Antilles with maximum sustained winds near 65mph (100km/h) and a minimum central pressure of 1 000mb.

A tropical storm watch remains in effect for Barbados.

A tropical storm watch is issued when sustained winds of 34 to 63 knots (39 to 73 mph; 63 to 118km/h) associated with a tropical storm or hurricane could affect Barbados within 48 hours.

At 11 p.m. Wednesday, the centre of Tropical Storm Bret was located near 13.5N 55.2W or approximately 290 miles (465km) east of Barbados.

The centre of Bret and its strongest winds are expected to pass approximately 59 miles (95km) to the north of Barbados late Thursday evening. Regardless of this, winds gusting possibly to storm force are likely during this period. Given Bret’s close proximity to the north of the island, a tropical storm watch remains in effect.

Marine conditions will deteriorate later tonight into early Friday morning. Moderate to rough swells of 2.5m to 3.5m (8ft to 11ft) in open water around Barbados are expected to generate choppy conditions which will particularly affect the island’s eastern and northern coastlines.

As a result, a small craft and high surf advisory are in effect. Mariners are advised not to venture too far from port and secure their vessels immediately.

Outer bands of Tropical Storm Bret will begin to affect the island from tomorrow afternoon with showers and gusty winds.

Rainfall accumulations of 1 to 3 inches (25 to 75mm) are likely across the island. This may result in flash flooding in low-lying districts. People in these areas should begin to make the relevant preparations to protect property and life. (PR/SAT)


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