Saturday, November 18, 2017
Tampa Bay Weather

Tropical Storm Gabrielle forms in Caribbean, unlikely to affect mainland U.S.

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Tropical Storm Gabrielle was downgraded from to a tropical depression Thursday morning, just hours after its formation in the Eastern Caribbean.

"The upper level winds are too strong for a tropical system, so they ripped all the thunderstorms away from the lwo level center and out over the ocean.

Forecasters said the storm was drifting northwest at 5 a.m. and wasn't expected to affect the U.S. mainland.

"It doesn't look to be a threat to Florida or the United States," Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez said Thursday morning.

Gabrielle was expected to stick to its northwest path and pick up strength Thursday before its pushed back out into the western Atlantic by a trough of low pressure, Marquez said.

"Our weather for the next two days is just basically going to be heavy showers and thunderstorms, but Gabrielle's not bringing anything to our area," Marquez said.

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