Tropical Storm Bret will be reaching the Lesser Antilles today, Thursday, June 22 according to The U.S. National Hurricane Center. In addition, active tropical storm warnings for Barbados, Martinique, St. Lucia, and Dominica have also been issued. The natural phenomenon is set to strengthen as it covers its path through the Caribbean Islands.
Bret is expected to bring 65 mph strong winds, torrential rain, and potential flooding in the different territories it reaches as a result of the disaster. Currently, the storm has reached its most active intensity and the authorities stated the extreme weather conditions might take place in the next 36 to 48 hours. Regarding the issue, the National Hurricane Center stated that:
Little change in strength is forecast during the next day or so while Bret approaches the Lesser Antilles, Weakening is anticipated to begin Thursday night or Friday after Bret passes the Lesser Antilles, and the system is likely to dissipate over the central Caribbean Sea by Saturday.
The National Hurricane Center also urged residents and tourists to prepare for the event in these Caribbean territories. While it is being closely monitored, warnings are still being issued considering the disorganized and ragged nature of the storm.
Through Saturday, storm total rainfall amounts of 3 to 6 inches with maximum amounts of 10 inches possible across portions of the Lesser Antilles from Guadeloupe south to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, including Barbados.The heavy rainfall could lead to flash flooding, especially across areas of higher terrain. Urban flooding is also possible.
The storm’s center will be moving through the Lesser Antilles today, and it is expected to gradually dissipate on Friday and Sunday in the Eastern and Central Caribbean Sea.