Tropical Storm Debby to bring torrential rain and flooding to U.S. Gulf coast

June 24, 2012 GULF OF MEXICOTropical Storm Debby crept up the Gulf of Mexico early Sunday, threatening to bring flooding and tornadoes to parts of the Gulf coast. As of 4 a.m. (5 a.m. ET), Debby was about 165 miles southeast of the Mississippi River delta, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. The storm carried maximum sustained winds of 50 mph as it chugged north at 3 mph. A tropical storm warning was in effect for coastal Louisiana from the mouth of the Pearl River westward to Morgan City, the weather agency said. New Orleans is not included in the warning area. “The combination of a storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters,” the hurricane center said. Floodwaters in parts of coastal Mississippi and Louisiana could reach 2 to 4 feet deep. Debby is also expected to dump 3 to 6 inches of rain from southern Louisiana to the Florida panhandle, with up 10 inches in isolated areas, the weather agency said. In addition, “isolated tornadoes are possible” over parts of west-central and southwestern Florida on Sunday. Nine oil and gas production platforms have been evacuated, equivalent to 1.5% of the 596 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, the federal government said Saturday. One of 70 rigs was evacuated. The storm is expected to strengthen over the next two days, the hurricane center said Sunday. -CNN
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9 Responses to Tropical Storm Debby to bring torrential rain and flooding to U.S. Gulf coast

  1. coleen says:

    Hi Alvin
    There have been tornadoes in Free State Province South Africa. Any news you have about that for us?
    Thank you for your regular updates from around the globe.

  2. jehjeh007 says:

    In Houston, TX, the media reports a rise in rig evacuation, up to 2 percent no rise in gasoline prices forecast. Additionally, forecast models have become erratic, but the media is suggesting the storm may turn more towards the east. Please continue to monitor this storm as it may affect the east coast.

  3. TexasRedNeck says:

    A good soaking rain would really help us here in TEXAS, we’re still in a drought situation here.
    Maybe this storm will bring us so much needed rain relief.

  4. Irene C says:

    Florida is getting drenched. A lot of beach erosion. One fatality from a tornado (in Palm Beach I think). And the models are still not sure which way she’s going, but they’ve dropped the watches and warnings for Louisiana.

  5. streams13 says:

    Update at 4 PM today (Sunday), Debby is going almost due north into FL panhandle. They don’t expect her to strengthen into a hurricane. It is interesting that she is setting a record: she is the fourth named storm this year, and that has never happened before July 1.

  6. Dennis E. says:

    As of 8:30PM, only God knows where this storm is going because the weather channel and the national hurricane center seem to have no idea.

  7. Pbody says:

    Here in Mobile AL, and so far nothing but light, gusty winds and a smattering of rain. But the computer models I trust seem to think it’s going to take a westward jog and come our way. No worries though, tropical storms are fairly common and rarely a problem.

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