Tropical Storm Gabrielle significantly weakened in the morning hours of Thursday and should dissipate within the next 24 hours, according to the latest forecasts. 

As of noon, most of the thunderstorm convection had dissipated and detached from the center of low level circulation, well off to the east. 

The National Hurricane Center downgraded Gabrielle from a tropical storm to a depression.

But regardless of its strength, Gabrielle is still expected to produce heavy rain in Puerto Rico, 2-4” possible with locally higher amounts of 8 inches. Flooding and mudslides will be a concern.

At noon the storm was located about 80 miles south-southeast of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and was moving northwest at 9 mph with winds of up to 35 mph.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami has issued a tropical storm warning for parts of the Dominican Republic, from Cabo Engano to Cabo Frances Viejo.

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