SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Gabrielle lashed the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico with heavy rains early Thursday as it spun toward the Dominican Republic.

It soon dropped back down to tropical depression status, less than 24 hours after it became a tropical storm, said the National Hurricane Center.

Early Thursday, the storm was located about 65 miles west-southwest of Ponce, Puerto Rico's second largest city, and was moving northwest near 8 mph.

While rains seemed to diminish by midmorning, they were expected to intensify again and last through Friday, according to Puerto Rico state meteorologist Ernesto Morales.

The revised intensity forecast now calls for the cyclone to degenerate to a remnant low pressure area in 24 hours and to dissipate completely thereafter.

Gabrielle is not expected to affect Houston or the Gulf Coast.

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