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Depression Now Tropical Storm Gabrielle

(Undated-AP) -- That's now Tropical Storm Gabrielle over the Gulf of Mexico.

The storm developed from a depression that has been watched the past couple of days. It's being carefully watched by interests in Florida and elsewhere along the Gulf coast.

Gabrielle is centered about 225 miles west-southwest of Naples, Florida. Movement is meandering a bit for now, but forecasters look for eventual movement to the northeast by the weekend.

Top sustained winds are up to 45 miles an hour and strengthening. Look for the rain that has been inundating the Florida Peninsula the past few days to continue.

Forecasters think Gabrielle will becoming a minimal hurricane by landfall this weekend. But its eventual track is still highly UNcertain, since forecast models vary. The current 72-hour forecast shows the center just off Florida's Big Bend region.

Gabrielle is centered at latitude 25.2 north, longitude 85.2 west.

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