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Bret degenerates into tropical wave

Bret degenerates into tropical wave
Posted at 12:37 PM, Jun 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-20 16:42:41-04

UPDATE: Bret has degenerated into a tropical wave, according to the National Hurricane Center. It has issued its last advisory on the system.

EARLIER:

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) -- Tropical Storm Bret unleashed heavy flooding, knocked out power and ripped off several roofs in some areas of Trinidad &Tobago as it swirled west across the southern Caribbean region on Tuesday.

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The storm was located about 20 miles (35 kilometers) east-northeast of Venezuela's Isla Margarita late Tuesday morning. It had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (75 kph) and was moving west-northwest at 21 mph (33 kph).

All airports in Trinidad & Tobago reopened by Tuesday, although public schools and many businesses remain closed.

As cleanup efforts began, people posted pictures of furniture floating inside their homes and of dozens of uprooted trees blocking roads across Trinidad.

The government said in a statement that it was dispatching cleanup crews as soon as the flooding receded, noting that heavy rains were still forecast for the area.

A tropical storm warning was issued for part of Venezuela's east coast. A tropical storm watch is in effect for the Dutch Caribbean islands of Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba.

Bret is forecast to weaken and become a tropical depression on Wednesday.

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