After a quiet first half of hurricane season, the tropics are heating up. Yesterday's Tropical Depression 7 was named Tropical Storm Gabrielle overnight, and maximum winds remain at 40 mph. Gabrielle is currently bringing heavy rains to the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, and is moving northwest around 10 mph. After leaving the Caribbean, Gabrielle is expected to strengthen slightly and curve out into the Atlantic before it dissipates next week. It appears to be no threat to the United States.
Elsewhere in the tropics, a weak disturbance remains in the Bay of Campeche. Development of the system is not expected, though it will bring a multitude of moisture to the eastern coast of Mexico. Another weak disturbance has formed in the Caribbean, and is again not expected to strengthen or be a threat to land over the next week.