Tropical Storms Bret and Cindy continue to spin about, with Bret now west of the Lesser Antilles, and Cindy now east. Both are headed off into different directions and both are expected to dwindle down to remnant lows within the next few days.
According to authorities in the Lesser Antilles, many properties were damaged when Tropical Storm Bret passed through overnight. More than 100 people remain in shelters on St. Vincent and the Grenadines. “I am happy to say upfront that the all-clear has been given,” Wilfred Abrahams, the Minister of Home Affairs for Barbados said in a YouTube video this morning, adding that residents should urge caution if venturing out in the wake of the storm.
Tropical Storm Bret is now losing strength and heading over the eastern Caribbean Sea. Heavy rain showers and gusty winds continue to linger in the Windward Islands. Bret is now located about 170 miles east-northeast of Curacao with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph; it is moving west at 21 mph. Bret’s minimum central pressure is up to 1004 mb or 29.65″.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Bret’s maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 50 mph and additional weakening is forecast during the next couple of days; Bret is expected to dissipate over the central Caribbean Sea by Sunday.
Tropical Storm Cindy is moving into a different direction but will likely see the same fate, with dissipation likely early in the new week. For now, Cindy has paused its intensification process, having maximum sustained winds the same as Bret’s of 50 mph. The storm, located about 815 miles east of the Lesser Antilles, is moving to the west-northwest at 16 mph. Tropical Storm Cindy’s minimum central pressure is at 1003 mb or 29.62″. The National Hurricane Center expects Cindy to continue its forward motion; on the forecast track, the system is expected to remain well east and northeast of the northern Leeward Islands through early next week. While some slight strengthening is forecast over the next day, gradual weakening is forecast afterwards, with Cindy degenerating into a tropical depression early next week before dissipating completely.