TS Bret causes heavy flooding, power outages in Trinidad

PORT-OF-SPAIN, TRINIDAD - Tropical Storm Bret has unleashed heavy flooding, knocked out power and ripped off several roofs in some areas of Trinidad &Tobago as it swirls west across the southern Caribbean region.

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

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

A tropical storm warning has been 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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