The NHC/NOAA 8AM position of Tropical Storm Gabrielle, and projected path over the next 36 hours.
Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Tropical storm Gabrielle became the 7th named Atlantic storm of the 2013 season.
The 8AM advisory from the National Hurricane Center in Miami is reporting that Gabrielle is a disorganized storm, but will still bring heavy rains to the eastern Caribbean.
Gabrielle's position, pressure, and speed at 8AM Thursday:
Moving: NW at 8 mph
Min pressure: 1008 mb
Max sustained: 40 mph
An Air Force reconnaissance plane is expected to fly close to the storm later today for further measurement.
News 19's Meteorologist Amy Aaronson reports that although Gabrielle's central pressure currently is comparatively high, the storm is producing Tropical Storm Warnings across the eastern Caribbean islands, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic.
Today little change in strength of Gabrielle is expected, and as the storm passes near Puerto Rico this morning, it is expected to turn slightly more north from its current northwest track.
Due to the rather slow movement of Gabrielle, any islands crossed or passed near this morning will anticipate heavy rain fall, particularly from the squalls on the northeast portion of the storm.