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Tropical Cyclone 17S (Gabrielle) Forecast to Continue Weakening

March 4th, 2009 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Tropical Cyclone 17S - March 4th, 2009

Tropical Cyclone 17S - March 4th, 2009

Tropical Cyclone 17S (Gabrielle), located approximately 520 nautical miles east-southeast of the Cocos Islands, has tracked south-southwestward at 15 knots over the past 6 hours.

Maximum significant wave height is 13 feet.

Recent animated multispectral imagery shows a broadening, partially exposed low level circulation center equatorward of moderately sheared and weakened convection.

The system is tracking generally southwestward along the northwestern periphery of a strengthening low to mid-level subtropical ridge towards cool water and increased vertical wind shear.

As such, Gabrielle is forecast to continue to weaken well below the warning threshold of 35 knots.

Therefore, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center will issue no further warnings on this system, although it will be
closely monitored for signs of regeneration.

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