MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Tropical Depression seven  wasted no time morphing into a tropical storm  Wednesday night.

As of 11 p.m. Tropical Storm Gabrielle has sustained winds of 40 miles per hour and was moving to the northwest at 8 miles per hour. The system is currently about 70 miles south of Ponce, Puerto Rico.

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A tropical storm warning has been issued for Puerto Rico and in the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to Cabo Frances Viejo.

A tropical storm watch is now in effect for the Dominican Republic from Santo Domingo to Cabo Engano.

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The National Hurricane Center said the depression is expected to continue moving northwest through Thursday and a turn more to the north-northwest by Friday.

The storm is expected to pass west of Puerto Rico Thursday, near or just east of the Dominican Republic on Thursday, and move east of the Turks and Caicos Islands on Friday.

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