Tropical Storm Bret forms in the Atlantic Ocean

Tropical Storm Bret has formed east of the Windward Islands. It’s the second named storm of 2017.

An Air Force hurricane hunter mission this afternoon into the disturbance was able “after much effort” to find a well-defined closed circulation, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 5 p.m. update.

The initial wind speed is just 40 mph. Forecasters are not expecting it to strengthen. In fact, its window of opportunity is closing -- and it could dissipate below a tropical storm within 36 hours.

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