Tropical Storm Brett is slightly stronger Tuesday evening as it moves west toward the Lesser Antilles.
As of 11pm, it was 730 miles east of the South Windward Islands.
Fred is moving west at 17 mph.
Winds are now gusting to over 50 miles per hour.
A tropical storm watch has been posted for Barbados and Dominica. Additional watches are likely for other parts of the Lesser Antilles tonight.
Brett is expected to strengthen but is no longer expected to become a hurricane.
The estimated minimum core pressure is 1003 MPa.
Brett’s center is expected to move across parts of the Lesser Antilles Thursday afternoon and Thursday night and move into the eastern Caribbean by Friday.
There is much uncertainty over the exact track of the long-term system, but it is likely that Brett will disperse over the Caribbean and affect northeast Florida and southeast Georgia.
Brett is the second tropical storm of the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season. The first named storm, Arlene, was a short-lived system in the Gulf of Mexico.
A second area of interest, Invest 93L, continues to be organized in the eastern waters of the open Atlantic.
It now has a chance of further development and may become a tropical depression by mid-week.
Hurricane season ends on November 30.
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