TS Bret to dump rain over Venezuelan coast, SE Caribbean

NHC monitoring two tropical systems

Tropical Storm Bret was expected to dump heavy rain over Venezuela's east coast and the southeastern Caribbean late Monday as it moved west across the region, forecasters said.

Hurricane hunters said in an update Monday afternoon that Bret has a well-defined center and now considered a tropical storm.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecast has it tracking toward the Gulf Coast in the area of the Louisiana-Texas border.

Tropical storm warnings were in effect yesterday evening for Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and Venezuela from Pedernales to Cumana, including Isla de Margarita. The Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on this system because it has tropical storm force winds. The first is a composite of the different models and where they believe the center of this system will track.

Regardless of development, heavy rains are likely to develop over portions of Central America, the Yucatan Peninsula, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Western Cuba from the system.

Name or no name, it is already affecting the Gulf Coast, where tropical storm watches and warnings were in place. A closed circulation is required to be labeled a tropical cyclone.

The second area worth watching is a tropical wave over the open Atlantic, about 1300 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands.

This system is no threat to the US mainland at this time.

Potential Tropical Cyclone Two forecast track. Neither of the storms are expected to reach hurricane strength.

The chances of it becoming a tropical depression or storm in the next five days were raised to 40 percent.

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