Tropical Storm Bret did brush the extreme southern Caribbean as it brushed by the north coast countries of South America. A very rare storm so early and so south that actually affected the ABC islands and Trinidad and Tobago, which are generally considered in the "safe" zone for tropical activity. Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines also issues warnings related to this storm, which also caused flooding in Guyana.
According to Phil Klotzbach of Colorado State University, Bret was the earliest storm to form in the Main Development Region on record, surpassing a record set by Tropical Storm Ana in 1979. Bret was also the lowest latitude named storm in the month of June since 1933 at 9.4°N.