Tropical storm Bret forms in Atlantic, Venezuela on alert


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UPDATE 1-Tropical storm Bret forms in Atlantic, Venezuela on alert


(Adds details on Venezuela)
    June 19 (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Bret formed on Monday in
the Atlantic Ocean and was heading along the coast of Venezuela,
where officials declared a storm warning and urged residents to
take  precautions.
    The second named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season
was located some 225 miles (362 km) southeast of the Caribbean
island of Grenada, with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per
hour (64 kph), the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on
Monday.
    Venezuelan meteorological agency Inameh said in a statement
that the eastern region of the country was experiencing strong
rain with gusts of wind, and that the situation could worsen in
the coming days.
    Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami said on his
Twitter account that school had been suspended because of the
storm on the tourist island of Margarita, off Venezuela's
eastern coast.

 (Reporting by Diego Ore in Caracas and Swati Verma in
Bengaluru; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Sandra Maler)
 ((Swati.Verma@thomsonreuters.com;  within U.S. +1 651 848 5832,
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Keywords: STORM BRET/NHC (UPDATE 1)



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