Tropical Storm Debby: 1am CDT Advisory

Debby remains nearly stationary in the Gulf of Mexico and has not weakened significantly in the past few hours.

As of 1:00am Central Daylight Time, Tropical Storm Debby was nearly stationary in the Gulf of Mexico. It was about 90 miles south-southwest of the city of Apalachicola, Florida.

Very little movement is expected from the storm for the next couple of days. This is due to weak steering currents in and around the tropical system.

Maximum sustained winds are at 60 miles per hour, with some higher gusts. To become a hurricane, these sustained winds would need to increase to 74 miles per hour or greater.

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center do note that “some gradual strengthening is possible during the next 48 hours.”

The high Tropical-Storm force winds extend nearly two hundred miles from the very center of the storm.

The barometric pressure, one method of examining the strength of a tropical system, has gone up slightly to 993 millibars. This is up from 991 in the previous advisory. The higher the barometric pressure from Debby, the weaker it is.

Debby is expected to continue to dump copious amounts of rain across parts of the Florida panhandle, with some places seeing 10 to 15 inches. Lesser amounts are expected for areas such as Southern Georgia and Central Florida. Depending on the movement of the storm, even smaller totals may be likely for places like Southeastern Alabama—in the 2 to 4 inch range.

The threat for tornadoes does remain possible from the storm as well, especially in parts of Florida, where numerous Tornado Warnings have been issued over the past 36 hours.

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

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