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Met Office urges people to prepare

June 21, 2023

A Tropical Storm Watch remains in effect for Barbados.

At 5:00 a.m. today, Wednesday, June 21, 2023, the centre of Tropical Storm Bret was located near 12.8N 51.4W or approximately 556MI (896KM) east of Barbados. There has been little change to Tropical Storm Bret since the 2:00 am advisory. The maximum sustained winds are now near 60 MPH (96KMH) with the current movement westward at 16MPH (28KMH) and the minimum central pressure is 1001MB.
The centre of Bret and its strongest winds are expected to pass approximately 50MI (80KM) to the north of Barbados on Thursday, June 22, 2023, therefore given the close proximity to the north of the island, a tropical storm watch remains in effect.

Marine conditions are forecast to deteriorate from tonight into early Friday morning.

Moderate to rough swells of 2.5m to 3.5m (8 ft to 11ft) in open water around Barbados is expected to generate choppy conditions which will particularly affect the islands’ eastern and northern coastlines. As a result, a small craft and high surf advisories are in effect. Mariners are advised not to
venture too far from port and secure their vessels leading up to Wednesday night.

Outer bands of Tropical Storm Bret will begin to affect the island from early Thursday morning with showers and gusty winds. Rainfall accumulations of 1 to 3 inches (25 to 75mm) are likely across the island. This may result in flash flooding in low-lying districts. Persons in these areas should begin to make the relevant preparations to protect property and life.

The next advisory will be issued at 8:00 a.m. today.

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