KINGSTON — The Meteorological Service is reporting that Tropical Storm Gabrielle, the seventh named system this Atlantic hurricane season, has formed near Puerto Rico.
At 10 p.m. yesterday the centre of Gabrielle, was located near latitude 17.0 degrees north and longitude 66.6 degrees west or about 110 kilometres south of Ponce, Puerto Rico.
Gabrielle is moving towards the northwest near 13 kilometres per hour and this motion is expected to continue through tonight.
A turn toward the north-northwest is expected tomorrow with a slight decrease in forward speed.
At present, Gabrielle is not a threat to Jamaica, but a trough associated with this system is expected to affect the central Caribbean including Jamaica today through Sunday.
It is predicted that there will be outbreaks of showers and thunderstorms, which could be heavy at times over sections of most parishes.
Meanwhile, on the forecast track, the centre of Gabrielle should pass east of the Turks and Caicos Islands tomorrow.
Maximum sustained winds have increased near 65 kilometres per hour with higher gusts.
Some additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours. (Gleaner)