Florida Panhandle and Big Bend Feeling The Worst Flooding From Debby
One thing is for sure, even a weak tropical storm can produce life-threatening flooding and tornadoes if the right conditions are in place. Tropical Storm Debby (2012) may not be the big raging hurricane with intense winds and dangerous storm surge, but instead is a very slow moving tropical storm dumping impressive rainfall totals across Florida which is just as dangerous.
Almost the entire state of Florida has received some rainfall from Tropical Storm Debby the last 4-5 days, but the west coast of the state up into the panhandle counties have received the most deep tropical rainfall and it's a serious problem. On Monday strong bursts of thunderstorms kept re-developing over the same locations of The Bend region producing incredible widespread rain totals and street flooding.
Updated 6/28/12 - Here is an ongoing list of rain totals across Florida from Tropical Storm Debby in the last 24-48 hours. Flash flooding reports have been numerous from Tallahassee to Jacksonville and southward to Tampa.
- Lake City, FL - 17.29 inches
- Saint Marks, FL - 15.50 inches
- Jasper, FL - 15.96 inches
- Jacksonville, FL 13.78 inches - All-time record / 3day
- White Springs, FL - 16.67
- Sanderson, FL - 17.93 inches
- Jacksonville Beach, FL - 9.88 inches
- Neptune Beach, FL - 12.49 inches
- Orange Park, FL - 15.44 inches
- Madison, FL - 14.40
- Tallahassee, FL - 7.91 inches
- Gainesville, FL - 12.02 inches - All-time record / 3day
- Ocala, FL - 7.20 inches
- Luraville, FL - 6.66 inches
- Lamont, FL - 9.34 inches
- Wakulla County, FL - 13.48 inches
- Sumatra, FL - 12.07 inches
- Crawfordville, FL - 23.01 inches
- Sarasota, FL - 12.00 inches
- Tampa, FL - 7.11 inches
- Palm Coast, FL - 5.77 inches
- St. Augustine, FL - 4.35 inches
As of this morning the National Hurricane Center's forecast track of Debby is still expecting her to slowly crawl across north-central Florida by Thursday. This slow movement will likely aggravate the flooding situation the next 24-72 hours especially if Debby was to draw in more deep tropical moisture from the Caribbean.
Most of Florida has been dealing with a long-term drought the last few years, and already this season Tropical Storm Beryl helped to put a dent in the extreme dry conditions for the northern Florida region, and now Debby comes along in a big way to fill in the gaps and over do it in some locations.
Please be smart and don't drive into flooded roadways, because you never know how deep or fast moving the water can be putting your life at risk along with others.