Tropical Storm Gabrielle targets Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic

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(CNN) — Tropical Storm Gabrielle is expected to pound portions of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic with heavy rains Thursday following its upgrade from a tropical depression.

The storm is supposed to bring heavy rain and winds to parts of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic on Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said.


Gabrielle is expected to dump as much as 6 inches of rain in parts of Puerto Rico and as much as 10 inches in other places. Winds could reach up to 40 mph during the storm, the hurricane center said.

“These heavier amounts could result in dangerous flash floods and mud slides over mountainous terrain,” forecasters said.

The storm will likely move east toward the Turks and the Caicos islands Friday.

One of the last times the region was hit with devastating rains was in October, when Hurricane Sandy roared through the Caribbean leaving at least 51 dead. That figure includes deaths in Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica, Panama, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.