Tropical Storm Bret weakening

Tropical Storm Bret is winding down.

Under attack from dry air and wind shear, the system weakened overnight and is expected to continue falling apart over the next few days.

At 5 p.m. on Tuesday, the storm was in the Atlantic about 330 miles south of Cape Hatteras, N.C., lumbering northeast at 8 mph with sustained winds of 50 mph. Its winds had been up to 65 mph on Monday night.

Bret is projected to remain clear of the U.S. coast and aim toward the cooler waters of the North Atlantic. It also is expected to move well north of Bermuda.

Bret, the second named storm of the 2011 storm season, quickly formed on Sunday. Its sloppy fringes brought rain to much of South Florida on Sunday and Monday.

Aside from Bret, the tropics are quiet.

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