RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Tropical Storm Bret has fallen apart Saturday and is now an open wave in the Caribbean, 160 miles west-northwest of the Guajira Peninsula in Colombia.
Sustained winds are still at tropical storm strength at 40 miles per hour, but since the circulation is no longer closed off, it is no longer considered a tropical system. With that being said, those tropical storm force winds are extended more than 100 miles from what was the center, and rough waters are expected near what is left of Bret over the coming days.
Where do we normally see development in the month of June?
For the month of June, tropical development often occurs in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. Tropical development off the coast of Africa doesn’t typically get going until after August.
2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season forecast
NOAA is forecasting 12-17 named storms, 5-9 hurricanes, and 1 -4 major hurricanes for the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season, which is considered a near-normal hurricane season.
So far this year, we have had one named storm. Tropical storm Arlene formed in the Gulf of Mexico in late May but did not impact the U.S. The next named storm will be Bret.
The 2023 hurricane season runs through Nov. 30.