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Tropical Storm Debby: 4am Central/5am Eastern Advisory

Tropical Storm Debby is still holding together as a Tropical Storm, while slowly moving towards the east.

High winds, high tide strike at the main street of Cedar Key, Fla., as Tropical Storm Debby makes it's way across the Gulf of Mexico early Sunday, June 24, 2012. Parts of Florida, including the Panhandle, remain under a tropical storm warning as Debby churns off the Gulf Coast. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

Tropical Storm Debby is still holding together as a Tropical Storm, while slowly moving towards the east.

As of 5:00am Eastern time (4:00am Central), the center of Debby was roughly 85 miles to the west of the community of Cedar Key, Florida. However, Tropical Storm force winds extend nearly 250 miles from the center of the storm.

These winds are still sustained at 45 miles per hour, but some higher gusts have been recorded.

The barometric pressure, one measure of a tropical system’s strength, is at 991 millibars. The lower the pressure is, typically, the stronger the storm will become.

Rainfall remains the primary threat from Debby, as some areas that have already been inundated with rain could receive 4 to 8 inches of additional rain over the next couple of days. The locations that could see the heaviest rain will be over northern Florida.

Isolated tornadoes will still be possible across the peninsula of Florida. Many storms have prompted tornado warnings over the past few days in association with Debby, and there have been several confirmed touchdowns.

Stay tuned to WTVY and WTVY.com for the very latest developments on Tropical Storm Debby.


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