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| Earth on Sep 06, 2013

Remnants of Gabrielle caused heavy rain for Puerto Rico

Gabrielle is the seventh named storm of the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Fortunately, the system is weak and will not last long after pounding Puerto Rico on Friday.

Friday, September 6, 2013: Tropical Storm Gabrielle, which formed late Wednesday evening (September 4), has now has dissipated into a tropical wave of showers and thunderstorms.

Gabrielle is the seventh named storm of the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Convection has persisted across the Lesser Antilles over the past several days, and an area of low pressure was able to ramp up and organize to become a 40 mile per hour tropical storm. As of this morning (September 6), the system has lost the characteristics of a tropical cyclone, and is currently an open wave of showers and thunderstorms. Gabrielle will provide heavy rains and potential flooding across Puerto Rico as it pushes to the northwest.

Thunderstorms are decreasing as Tropical Depression Gabrielle continues to weaken. Image Credit: NOAA

Thunderstorms were decreasing as Tropical Depression Gabrielle (at that time) continued to weaken on September 5, 2013. Image Credit: NOAA

At the 11 p.m. EDT advisory on Thursday, September 5, 2013, the National Hurricane Center downgraded Gabrielle from a tropical depression to a remnant low/open wave. Pressures were going up as ex-Gabrielle continued to spin around Puerto Rico. It is providing heavy rains and could produce possible flash flooding across the region. The remnants of Gabrielle will likely travel to the north and could impact Bermuda by early next week. It is also possible that at that point, ex-Gabrielle will no longer exist and thus not be an issue.

Tropical Storm Gabrielle is no more. However, it will continue to bring heavy rain to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Image Credit: NHC

Tropical Storm Gabrielle is no more. However, it will continue to bring heavy rain to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Image Credit: NHC

Bottom line: Tropical Storm Gabrielle formed Wednesday evening but has been weakened into an open wave and is no longer a tropical cyclone as conditions have been unfavorable for strengthening. The only threat that lingers with this system is across Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Hispaniola as it will produce heavy rain and possible flash flooding.