Caribbean News Now!

About Us Contact Us


Jump to your country or territory of interest

Advertise with us

Reach our daily visitors from around the Caribbean and throughout the world. Click here for rates and placements.


Submit news and opinion for publication


Click here to receive our daily regional news headlines by email.


Click here to browse our extensive archives going back to 2004

Also, for the convenience of our readers and the online community generally, we have reproduced the complete Caribbean Net News archives from 2004 to 2010 here.

Climate Change Watch

The Caribbean is especially vulnerable to rising sea levels brought about by global warming. Read the latest news and information here...

Follow Caribbean News Now on Twitter
Connect with Caribbean News Now on Linkedin

News from the Caribbean:

Back To Today's News

Gabrielle now barely a tropical cyclone
Published on September 6, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

Tropical depression Gabrielle forecast track. NHC/NOAA graphic

By Caribbean News Now contributor

MIAMI, USA -- Tropical depression Gabrielle, now barely a cyclone, was expected to degenerate into a remnant low pressure area on Thursday night or Friday as the centre passes near or over the eastern Dominican Republic. There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect; however, interests in Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands should monitor the progress of this system.

According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, at 5:00 pm EDT on Thursday, the centre of tropical depression Gabrielle was located about 30 miles south-southwest of Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic and moving toward the northwest near 9 mph. A gradual turn toward the north-northwest is expected during the next 24 hours or so. Maximum sustained winds are near 30 mph, with higher gusts.

Gabrielle is expected to produce total rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches over Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, with isolated maximum amounts of up to 8 inches possible in areas of mountainous terrain. These rains could cause dangerous flash floods and mud slides over mountainous terrain.

Tropical Atlantic overview. NHC/NOAA graphic

Meanwhile, a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms associated with a surface trough extends from the northern Leeward Islands near tropical depression Gabrielle northward over the Atlantic waters for several hundred miles. Any development of this system is expected to be slow due to strong upper-level winds. This system has a low chance (20 percent) of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours as it moves northwestward at 10 to 15 mph. Some development could also occur in a few days when the system moves northeastward ahead of a cold front over the central Atlantic ocean. This system has a medium chance (30 percent) of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next five days.

Another tropical wave located about 500 miles west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands is producing a large area of cloudiness and showers. Development, if any, is expected to be limited due to dry air, and environmental conditions are forecast to become very unfavourable in a couple of days. This system has a low chance (10 percent) of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next five days while it moves to the west-northwest at about 10 mph.

Satellite data and surface observations also indicate that a broad area of low pressure has formed over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico about 200 miles east of Tampico, Mexico. Showers and thunderstorms are showing signs of organization and a tropical depression could form before the low moves inland along the coast of Mexico on Friday. This system has a medium chance (50 percent) of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next five days. An air force reserve reconnaissance aircraft was en route to investigate the system.

At the same time, a tropical wave over Africa is expected to move over the far eastern Atlantic Ocean in a couple of days and development of this system is possible over the weekend into early next week. This system has a medium chance (30 percent) of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next five days.
Reads: 11340

Click here to receive daily news headlines from Caribbean News Now!



No comments on this topic yet. Be the first one to submit a comment.


As a result of our comments feature being overtaken in recent weeks by spammers using fake email addresses, producing a large number of bounced verification emails each day, we have reluctantly decided to suspend the comments section until further notice.

User comments posted on this website are the sole views and opinions of the comment author and are not representative of Caribbean News Now or its staff. Caribbean News Now accepts no liability and will not be held accountable for user comments.
Caribbean News Now reserves the right to remove, edit or censor any comments. Any content that is considered unsuitable, unlawful or offensive, includes personal details, advertises or promotes products, services or websites or repeats previous comments will not be approved.
Before posting, please refer to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Other Headlines:

Regional Sports: