Relentless Rain from Tropical Storm Debby Floods Parts of Florida
Tropical Storm Debby may not be an actual hurricane, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t wreaking plenty of havoc — she’s already drenched Northern Florida in rain and spun off isolated tornadoes with at least one casualty.
The constant barrage of wind and rain has evoked unpleasant memories of the widespread flooding that occurred across the Florida Panhandle in 2005 during Hurricane Dennis, so residents of low-lying areas have been encouraged to evacuate to escape possible floods as Debby hovered nearly motionless in the Gulf of Mexico.
As of 8 a.m. EDT Monday, the storm’s center was essentially stationary about 90 miles off the coast of Apalachicola, FL. It’s top sustained winds were around 50 mph, and although little change in strength is expected over the next day or so, meteorologists warn that a storm’s path is difficult to discern days in advance.
“There are always going to be errors in making predictions,” said Chris Landsea, a meteorologist at the National Hurricane Center. “There is never going to be a perfect forecast.”
Check out the damage Tropical Storm Debby has already inflicted.