Tropical Storm Bret forms in Atlantic near Bahamas

MIAMI (AP) — A tropical storm has formed in the Atlantic Ocean near the northern Bahamas.

Authorities in the Bahamas issued a tropical storm watch for Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands. Tropical Storm Bret isn't expected to approach the U.S.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm's center was located Sunday evening about 100 miles (161 km) northwest of Great Abaco Island. Its maximum sustained winds were 40 mph (64 kph) and it was drifting slowly south-southeast at 2 mph (3 kph).

Forecasters expected little movement overnight but said the Atlantic's second tropical storm of the 2011 hurricane season would turn to the north or northeast on Monday, with some strengthening over the next two days.

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