Country braces for Gabrielle

Published: Friday | September 6, 2013 Comments 0

SAN JUAN, (AP):

Tropical Storm Gabrielle was downgraded to a depression late yesterday morning as it lashed the United States territory of Puerto Rico with heavy rains and spun toward the Dominican Republic.

The storm was located about 80 miles (125 kilometres) south-southeast of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and was moving northwest at 9 mph (15 kph) with winds of up to 35 mph (55 kph). It is expected to weaken further in the next two days.

Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla activated the National Guard, cancelled classes at all public schools, and closed central government agencies as a precaution.

Heavy rains were still expected across Puerto Rico, according to state meteorologist Ernesto Morales.

"We should not lower our guard," he said. "The storm is very dangerous. There's a very high possibility of flooding."

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