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Entries in Tropical Storm Debby 2012 (2)


Debby Causing Gusty Afternoon Winds Across Florida

Tropical Storm Debby is a few hours away from making landfall in the great Big Bend region of Florida late this afternoon. Debby is producing gusty winds across the entire state today, along with continued flooding problems.

The sun has broken out over many locations from central and southern Florida this afternoon, and this has allowed surface heating to take place. This heat also helps to mix down the stronger winds aloft making for some windy non-thunderstorm conditions. Outside of the tropical storm warnings along the west coast, there are also high wind advisories until 8pm for inland counties due to the gusty winds.

Here are some recent wind reports from earlier today. The winds should relax some as we move into the evening hours.

  • West Palm Beach - 47 mph
  • Brighton Seminole - 53 mph
  • Lake Okeechobee 53 mph
  • Stuart - 46 mph
  • Vero Beach 37 mph
  • Clearwater 39 mph
  • Ft Myers 39 mph

 Here is a visible satellite image of Debby nearing the Big Bend coast with overlay wind data and center fix.


Impressive Rainfall Totals From Tropical Storm Debby

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.

Flooded parking lot from tropical rains.

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.

NHC forecast tracking map for Tropical Storm Debby on June 26, 2012.

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.