Tropical Storm Bret forms in Atlantic near Bahamas

Posted by on Jul 18, 2011 | 0 comments

MIAMI (AP) — A tropical storm that has formed in the Atlantic Ocean near the northern Bahamas has grown a little stronger.

Authorities in the Bahamas issued a tropical storm warning early Monday for Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands, meaning tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the next few hours. Tropical Storm Bret isn’t expected to approach the U.S.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm’s center was about 75 miles (121 kilometers) northwest of Great Abaco Island. Its maximum sustained winds had increased to 45 mph (72 kph) and it was drifting south or southeast at 4 mph (6.4 kph). Bret was expected to begin moving north or northeast Monday and to strengthen over the next day or two.

The storm could produce 2 to 4 inches of rain over the northwest Bahamas

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