An area of showers and thunderstorms near the Bahamas has quickly developed into our second named storm of the season. As of Monday evening, Bret was a strong tropical storm with sustained winds of 65 miles per hour. This puts it only 10 miles per hour shy of becoming a hurricane. Despite how close Bret is to hurricane status, it looks like reaching hurricane levels will be a difficult task.
Bret is about to enter an area that is very unfavorable for further development as the upper-level winds begin to increase. This tears apart any of the thunderstorm development around the center of the storm and generally leads to weakening with most tropical systems. Bret also poses no real significant threat to the United States. It's currently moving around the edge of the Bermuda High and this will gradually continue to steer it away from our coastline. Eventually Bret will be picked up by the westerly winds and pushed even farther out into the Atlantic Ocean.
Despite the fact that Bret won't be making a landfall there's still the risk for rip currents along the east coast from Florida all the way up to the Outer Banks. The peak of hurricane season is still ahead of us. We generally see the most tropical activity from the middle of August through early October.