On Monday, a volatile tropical storm Debby again stalled just off the Florida Panhandle, dumping sheets of rain on Florida’s Big Bend marshes and towns far down the peninsula.
The storm was already bringing up to 5 inches of rain per hour on parts of the Panhandle, and the National Hurricane Center which warns that the northern Florida could see another 6 to 12 inches in the coming two days. In this regard, forecasters announced a flash flood emergency for parts which include Franklin, Liberty and Wakulla counties near Tallahassee, and Debby drove rising tides across neighborhood streets as far south as the Tampa-St. Petersburg area.
As of late Sunday, the latest forecast map pointed out that the center of the storm 100 miles south-southwest of Apalachicola, Fla., and likely to meander northward for several days before making landfall.
It is notable that maximum sustained winds are 60 mph, with higher gusts. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 240 miles. The expansive, stalled Tropical Storm Debby lashed Florida on Sunday, spawning apparent tornadoes in the central region of the state that killed one woman. Thousands of people were on the beach at Pensacola Beach, Fla., on Sunday morning.
Many used their phones to take photos of huge waves crashing into the concrete supports of a fishing pier. But still, there was not any rain yet; just gusty winds and dark, fast-moving clouds. However, tropical storm warnings were posted from the Panhandle resort of Destin to Englewood, about 50 miles south of Tampa.