Tracking the Tropics: Gabrielle downgraded

FOX 4 Storm Patrol

Tracking the Tropics: Gabrielle downgraded

CREATED Sep. 4, 2013 - UPDATED: Sep. 5, 2013

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Tropical Storm Gabrielle has been downgraded by the National Hurricane Center to tropical depression status.  It is located 105 miles south-southwest of Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Gabrielle is a minimal tropical storm with sustained winds of 35 mph and moving northwesterly at 9 mph. On the forecast track, Gabrielle will continue moving to the northwest today passing over southwestern Puerto Rico followed by a turn to the north-northwest on Friday with a slight decrease in forward speed.

Gabrielle will continue to the northwest passing to the east of the Turks & Caicos Islands before turning to the northeast into the open waters of the Atlantic.

A trough of low pressure located in the eastern portion of the Bay of Campeche is producing disorganized showers & thunderstorms. It is moving to the west at 10-15 mph and may be slow to develop before moving inland along the coast of mainland Mexico on Friday. This system has a low chance (20%) of becoming a tropical cyclone over the
next 5 days.

There is a tropical wave over Africa that is expected to exit the west coast of the continent in the next couple of days with some possible development over the weekend. There is a low chance (20%) of this disturbance becoming a tropical cyclone over the next 5 days.

None of these tropical systems pose any direct threat to SWFL.