Tropical storm Gabrielle nears Puerto Rico, still not hurricane

Tropical Storm Gabrielle, the seventh named storm of the season, is bringing stormy weather to the Caribbean today.
By CAROLINE LEE, UPI.com   |   Sept. 5, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Tropical Storm Gabrielle, the seventh named storm of the 2013 season, will give Puerto Rico and the northern Caribbean heavy rain today before moving into the Atlantic.

The storm has not become a hurricane, and none of the previous tropical storms this season have become hurricanes.

Gabrielle formed around August 25 off the African coast and has moved through the deep tropics since.

An Air Force reconnaissance plane reached it Wednesday afternoon and found a closed surface circulation. The storm was upgraded to Tropical Depression 7. By Wednesday evening, it was upgraded to tropical storm status and named Gabrielle.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect for all of Puerto Rico and the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic, as Gabrielle moves over the center of eastern Puerto Rico with estimated 40 m.p.h. winds.

"Gabrielle is a slow-moving tropical cyclone that is expected to bring strong winds and heavy rain to those in its path," the National Weather Service reported.

The National Hurricane Center predicts a gradual intensification over the next five days as it heads into the Atlantic, with a possible brush with Bermuda.

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