The 11 a.m. Monday five-day forecast track from the National Hurricane Center shows Tropical Storm Debby about 75 miles south of Apalachicola moving northeast at three miles per hour.
A close up view of the 11 a.m. Monday five-day forecast track from the National Hurricane Center shows Tropical Storm Debby about 75 miles south of Apalachicola moving northeast at three miles per hour.
Some of the computer models show Tropical Storm Debby heading toward Florida’s west coast.
The National Hurricane Center is reporting that a slightly weaker Tropical Storm Debby is moving slowly toward the coast of Florida Monday morning.
A tropical storm warning is in effect from Destin to Englewood, including Pinellas County. The tropical storm warning from the Florida-Alabama border has been canceled.
At 11 a.m., the center of the storm was located about 75 miles south of Apalachicola. Debby was moving northeast at about 3 mph. The NHC says the storm is expected to move slowly to the northeast or east-northeast over the next couple of days.
Maximum sustained winds have decreased to about 45 mph. Little change in strength is expected. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 230 miles, mainly to the southeast of the center.
Tropical storm conditions are expected to continue over parts of the Florida Gulf Coast today. Storm surge of 1 to 3 feet is expected in the local area. Rainfall accumulations of 10 to 20 inches are expected over much of northern and central Florida with localized totals up to 25 inches.
The threat of tornados continues through the day.
Warnings, watches and advisories
A tornado watch continues through 2 p.m., which could be extended. Widespread showers and thunderstorms are expected to continue. The National Weather Service says the main threat from the storms will continue to be waterspouts and tornados.
A flood watch continues through Tuesday morning due to the potential for additional heavy rainfall. Minor to moderate river flooding is forecast to occur over the next 48 hours.
Coastal flood warning remains in effect along with a high surf advisory through 8 a.m. Tuesday. Elevated southeast to southerly winds and rough seas will cause above normal tides along the coast, which is expected to produce minor coastal flooding and beach erosion. Flooding is more likely at times of high tide. Water levels are expected to reach two to four feet above normal at high tide.
South winds will continue at 20 to 30 knots with gusts to 40 knots through Tuesday. Seas of six to 10 feet are possible near the coast. There also is an increased danger of rip currents. Beachgoers are advised to use caution and heed advice from lifeguards.