Tropical Storm Warning discontinued for Dominica, flood watch in effect

The Government of Dominica has discontinued the Tropical Storm Warning for Dominica. Sustained tropical storm force winds are not expected across Dominica as the centre of Tropical Storm Bret moves away from the region. 

Tropical Storm Warning discontinued for Dominica, flood watch in effect
Tropical Storm Warning discontinued for Dominica, flood watch in effect

Roseau, Dominica: The Government of Dominica has discontinued the Tropical Storm Warning for Dominica. Sustained tropical storm force winds are not expected across Dominica as the centre of Tropical Storm Bret moves away from the region. 

However, occasional gusty winds to near tropical storm force are expected to persist through the morning, mainly over the southern half of the island. The Government of Dominica advises that: 

  • The normal workday resumes today, Friday, June 23, 2023.
  •  All schools will remain closed.
  •  CXC examinations scheduled for today, Friday, June 23, 2023, will proceed. 
  • A flood watch is in effect for Dominica.

The Government of Dominica advises residents to exercise caution while moving around during the course of the day. The Meteorological Service will continue to monitor the weather conditions and issue regular updates.

Most of the shower and thunderstorms associated with Bret is displaced to the East and Southeast of the centre of circulation.

  • Tropical Storm warnings remain in effect for St Vincent and The Grenadines and Saint Lucia this morning as of the 5 am advisory from NHC.
  • Convergence on the southern end of Bret will also produce cloudy skies, showers and isolated thunderstorms across Trinidad and Tobago this morning.
  • Bret remains a high-end Tropical Storm with maximum sustained winds of 60mph and a minimum central pressure of 1001mb found by the Airforce Hurricane Hunters.
  • Gusty winds, street, and isolated flash flooding are possible this morning across parts of T&T, and storm-forced winds are likely at times across the islands in the warning area.

Tropical Storm Bret is currently passing through the Lesser Antilles as a weakening, poorly-organized tropical storm. Due to strong shear, the system is no longer expected to reach hurricane intensity and will dissipate over the Caribbean Sea in the next few days.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Cindy has also formed over the eastern part of the Atlantic Ocean, similar to where Bret formed a few days ago. Cindy is forecast to take a northwestward track though, likely remaining over open waters.

The 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season is off to an active start. The formation of Bret east of the Lesser Antilles a few days ago is already rare for June, and to have another one form east of the islands (and simultaneously active at that) is unprecedented! This is the first time in recorded history that two tropical cyclones have formed east of the Lesser Antilles in the tropical Atlantic during the month of June.