T.S. Debby Slowly MovingJune 24th, 2012 at 5:14 pm by Jason Smith under FOX10 Stormtracker Weather
Tropical Storm Debby is slowly moving to the NE at 4 mph in the Gulf of Mexico off Apalachicola, Fl this afternoon. As of 1 pm, Debby was located at 29.0N, 85.2W with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph.
We’re finally starting to see some agreement with the models and the National Hurricane Center’s newest track reflects that. Essentially, the storm is expected to crawl to the east for the next few days before making landfall somewhere on the west coast of the Florida Peninsula by Thursday. Obviously, with such weak steering flow this forecast could change again, but the threats to our area will remain minimal.
T.S. Debby is a fairly large system and we will see some impacts here regardless of the exact track. There is a high risk of rip currents along the beaches with red flags flying to warn swimmers away from the water. Also, an occasional squall may affect beaches in the panhandle, and gusty winds will be possible along the coast as well.
We’re closely monitoring the track of Debby. The next advisory on Debby is expected around 4pm CDT.