HURRICANE SEASON 2017: Tropical Storm Bret Closes Schools In Trinidad & Tobago With 45 MPH Winds
MIAMI — Tropical Storm Bret is expected to weaken as it moves across the region today while a second, larger system rolling across the Gulf of Mexico appears to be intensifying.
As of 8 a.m. today Bret was located about 20 miles east of Margarita Island, a popular tourist resort off the Venezuelan coast, with sustained winds of 45 mph, National Hurricane Center forecasters said.
The storm, the first on record to form east of the Antilles in June, was moving west, northwest at 21 mph.
As it rolls across the Caribbean later today, forecasters say the storm will gain little strength and begin to weaken, likely becoming a tropical depression by Wednesday.
In the Gulf of Mexico, a sprawling storm that rolled off the Yucatan Peninsula last week continued to intensify and become better formed, forecasters said.
DAMAGE HAS BEEN DONE: Some of the damage Tropical Storm Bret wrought in Trinidad on Monday.