At the 5am this morning, the now upgraded Tropical Storm Gabrielle was about 40 miles south-south-west of Ponce, Puerto Rico. A small craft advisory is in effect and the flash flood warning issued last night has been extended to 4pm today (Thursday, September 5). Winds of 25mph are forecast with gusts of 40mph.
Gabrielle is moving toward the northwest near 8 mph. This general motion is expected to continue today. A turn toward the north-northwest is expected on Friday with a slight decrease in forward speed. On the forecast track the center should pass near or over the southwestern portion of Puerto Rico this morning and across the Mona Passage later today. Gabrielle should then move east of the Turks and the Caicos islands on Friday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph with higher gusts. Some slight strengthening is possible during the next 48 hours
Gabrielle is a small tropical cyclone. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the centre. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1008 MB. Additional rainfall amounts of 4 to 8 inches are likely now through Friday morning. Tides up to 1 foot above normal are possible now through mid-morning today.