The Meteorological Office at the Maurice Bishop International Airport has informed the National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA) that at 5:00 p.m., the center of Tropical Storm Bret was located near latitude 12.2 North, longitude 48.6 West. Bret is moving toward the west near 18 mph (30 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue for the next several days.
On the forecast track, the center of Bret is expected move across portions of the Lesser Antilles Thursday afternoon and Thursday night, and then move across the eastern Caribbean Sea on Friday.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next day or so, and Bret is expected to be a tropical storm when it reaches the Lesser Antilles Thursday.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 1006 mb (29.71 inches). RAINFALL: Total rainfall amounts of 4 to 6 inches with maximum amounts of 10 inches are possible across portions of the Lesser Antilles from Guadeloupe southward to St. Lucia.
Rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are possible across Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The heavy rainfall could lead to flash flooding, especially across areas of higher terrain. Isolated urban flooding is also possible.
Grenada can expect partly cloudy to overcast and breezy conditions, with some brief to scattered showers and the possible isolated thunder.
Please note that Grenada and its dependencies are NOT under Tropical Storm watch or warning.
The Meteorological Office and NaDMA will continue to monitor Tropical Storm Bret and provide updates. The public is reminded to follow the advisories and forecasts issued by the Meteorological Office and NaDMA.