Gabrielle Falls to Tropical Depression, May Dissipate Later

Storm Gabrielle was downgraded to a tropical depression and may dissipate within the next day or so, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Gabrielle’s top sustained winds fell to 35 miles (55 kilometers) per hour today as it churned in the Caribbean Sea about 80 miles south-southeast of Punta Cana, in the Dominican Republic. Topical storm warnings on Puerto Rico were dropped and those on the Dominican Republic were changed to watches.

“Gabrielle has become very poorly organized and it is expected to degenerate to a remnant low pressure area tonight or Friday as the center moves over the Dominican Republic,” the center said in an advisory at 11 a.m. New York time.

The system, which became a tropical storm late yesterday, is one of four in the Atlantic basin being tracked by the hurricane center.

One is in the Bay of Campeche, in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, where Petroleos Mexicanos, Mexico’s state-owned oil company, has most of its output. That system has a 30 percent chance of becoming tropical in the next two days as it drifts west toward landfall tomorrow on the Mexican coast.

In the eastern Pacific, the hurricane center is tracking a tropical depression that is expected to grow into Tropical Storm Lorena later today and then follow a path parallel to Mexico’s Baja California peninsula.

The depression had top sustained winds of 35 mph and was 165 miles west-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico. A tropical storm watch was issued for southern Baja California.

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