Tropical Storm Bret forms in Atlantic off Venezuelan coast

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Tropical Storm Arlene formed back in April, almost two months before the formal start of hurricane season on June 1.

The system is moving rapidly toward the west at around 25 miles per hour (41 kmph) and the disturbance is expected to move through the southern Windward Islands overnight and into Tuesday.

The system is forecast to reach tropical storm strength on Monday. It now has winds of 35 miles per hour and is moving west at 23 miles per hour.

The further east this system goes the better the scenario is for our area, with a more westward track increasing the flooding threat for the entire area along with tropical storm-like winds and coastal flooding.

Meanwhile, Storm Team 8 is monitoring another tropical system that has prompted a Tropical Storm Warning to be issued for part of the Louisiana Coast. These areas could see 2 to 4 inches of rain.

Forecasters for days have been expecting an area of low pressure to form over the northwest Caribbean and move into the southern Gulf.

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Tropical Storm Bret has formed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Venezuela.

Regardless of storm formation, weather authorities say it will be a wet week with heavy downpours likely spreading over portions of Central America, the Yucatan Peninsula, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and western Cuba over the next several days.

A map showing the area encompassing the tropical storm warning issued Monday afternoon.

"Since we have a front over us, there's a chance later this week that some of that tropical moisture will affect, but it will have no direct impact on Georgia", Monahan said.

It will also begin to get breezy starting Tuesday, and the approaching storm will also raise the risk of rip currents along the beaches, the weather service said. The first storm is Potential Tropical Cyclone Two.

The issuance of forecast cones and advisories before a system receives a name is something new for this hurricane season by the NHC.

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