Tropical Storm Debby: 4am CDT Advisory

Tropical Storm Debby has weakened some in the early hours of Monday morning, but still remains a threat to portions of the Southeastern United States.

Still nearly stationary in the Gulf of Mexico, Tropical Storm Debby has lost a little of its punch.

The sustained winds in the storm have dropped from 60 miles per hour to a sustained 50 miles per hour. These winds can still down trees, especially in the soaked portions of Florida that have already received several inches of rain.

And, those areas could see more rain over the next 48 to 72 hours, at least. Some portions of northern Florida and the panhandle could see 10 to 15 inches, with some places seeing as much as 25 inches. That’s over two feet!

Lesser totals are expected for Southern Alabama, but forecasters with the National Hurricane Center note that “given the recent heavy rainfall and wet soil conditions, these additional amounts will exacerbate the flash flood threat across portions of Northern Florida and Southern Alabama.”

Tornadoes remain a threat as well, with many tornado warnings issued in Florida over the weekend. The main threat area for these tornadoes will be the eastern portions of the Florida panhandle and western and central parts of the Florida peninsula.

Weak steering currents mean that it’s difficult to say when and where the storm will move. Forecasters expect very little movement over the next couple of days.

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