Tropical Storm Bret forms near northern Bahamas

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Posted: Jul 17, 2011 8:08 PM
Tropical Storm Bret forms near northern Bahamas

MIAMI (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Bret formed north of the Bahamas on Sunday and was expected to drench the northernmost islands before curving out into the open Atlantic, forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Bret was not expected to strengthen into a hurricane, nor was it forecast to threaten the U.S. coast or the energy interests in the Gulf of Mexico. It had top winds of 40 miles per hour (65 km per hour) and was expected to dump up to 3 inches on the northern Bahamas before moving out to sea, the forecasters said.