FLORIDA, United States, Monday August 29, 2016 – Hurricane Gaston has lost a bit of steam and slowed down, while forecasters continue to track two other tropical depressions in Atlantic.
Gaston, which had reached Category 3 status is now a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 110 miles per hour.
At 2 p.m. it was 560 miles east of Bermuda and moving towards the north at just 2 miles per hour. It is expected to pass Bermuda this afternoon, with its closest point of approaching being more than 400 miles to the east of the island.
Meantime, Tropical Depression Eight formed Sunday in the western Atlantic Ocean between North Carolina and Bermuda after a flare-up of thunderstorms near its well-defined low-level circulation. It will pass near eastern North Carolina on Tuesday.
And Tropical Depression Nine is about 125 miles west northwest of Havana, Cuba. The system has already dumped locally heavy from the Leeward Islands to Hispaniola, the Bahamas and Cuba since last week.
In the Dominican Republic, the heavy rain from the system displaced more than 1,700 people late last week, according to the Dominican Today. Parts of eastern Cuba saw 3-5 inches of rain from the system on Saturday.
The centre of the depression will be passing north of the north coast of western Cuba today, and moving farther into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico tonight and tomorrow, according to the National Hurricane Centre.