Tropical Storm Debby makes landfall in Florida

By: Angela Fritz , 9:07 PM GMT on June 26, 2012

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Debby continues to weaken this afternoon, but remains a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. The storm's center of circulation made landfall this afternoon near Steinhatchee, Florida. Hurricane hunters continue to find surface wind speeds that just meet tropical storm criteria and surface buoys on Wundermap are all clocking in at or below 30 mph. The storm's upper-level circulation is being stretched out into the Atlantic by the same steering forces that will transport it to the other side of Florida, and this combined with dry air has led to a messy-looking tropical cyclone over the past couple of days. Though there was no lack of rain yesterday in the Florida panhandle, Debby has certainly been weakened by the dry air that has wrapped into its center (figure 1). Water vapor imagery from satellite shows Debby's center is almost completely void of moisture, though rain continues to fall on the northeast side of the storm where moisture is still available. A 6 foot wide, 12-15 foot deep sinkhole swallowed a small portion of I-10 in Madison County west of Jacksonville, Florida, this morning, where heavy rain continues, though this hole will likely be filled and the lane reopened by tomorrow morning. Wind shear around 20 knots is also keeping Debby at bay, but the real disrupter is the lack of moisture.


Figure 1. Where's Debby? On the left: visible satellite imagery. On the right: water vapor satellite imagery, where the dry air ranges from black to rusty orange. Debby's center is almost completely void of moisture. These images were captured around 1pm EDT.

Forecast for Debby
The forecast for Debby continues to be similar to previous forecasts. The storm will likely continue to lose strength as it moves over Florida this evening and Wednesday, but could gain some momentum again when it reaches the yet untapped Atlantic water. There's a high chance Debby will be downgraded to tropical depression status this evening. The HPC continues to forecast up to 8 inches of rain for far northeast Florida over the next 5 days, likely because of the slight strengthening forecast to occur on Thursday and beyond. Debby's center will most likely be over Atlantic water Wednesday night.


Figure 2. Advisory map for the U.S. Tuesday afternoon. Heat advisories (pink) blanket the central U.S. This heat is expected to move eastward over the next few days as the ridge of high pressure advances.

The Heat Continues

Record highs continue to fall Tuesday afternoon in the central U.S., where Denver, Colorado had its fifth consecutive day of triple-digit heat after it reached 100°F at 1pm MDT, and could continue to rise this afternoon. This ties the all-time record for consecutive 100°F+ days. Nebraska and Kansas are particularly toasty this afternoon; McCook, Nebraska has reached 113°F so far, and Hill City, Kansas is up to 112°F. Though, to put that in perspective, the state record for Nebraska is 118°F, and the state record for Kansas is 121°F.

The heat moves east tomorrow, and by Thursday, many of the major Midwest cities are forecast to be in the triple-digits, including Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. By Friday the heat will be beating down on the East Coast. In the meantime out west, the forecast high in Fresno for this weekend is 82°F, which would tie as the coolest final weekend in June on record, according to the Hanford forecast office.

Angela

Tropical Storm Debby (apphotos)
Boats are sunken and thrown up on a dock at the Rock Landing Marina in Panacea, Fla., Tuesday, June 26, 2012. High winds and heavy rains spawned by the approaching Tropical Storm Debby caused the damage. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Tropical Storm Debby
Tropical Storm Debby (apphotos)
Jesse Deese uses his skim board to shield from blowing sand in Panama City Beach, Fla., Monday, June 25, 2012. Tropical Storm Debby raked the Tampa Bay area with high wind and heavy rain Monday in a drenching that could top 2 feet over the next few days and trigger widespread flooding. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Tropical Storm Debby

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HI All, Really looks on satellite that she is moving SE sliding down the west coast. So far 10.19 inches of rain from Debby. 16.79 For the month of june here in Zephyrhills. Tampa broke there all time rain for june by 2 inches so far. 18 inches plus.
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


who cares when you are being eaten alive?

yum:


thirsty anyone?
oh man..gross
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
but would that not then poison the water


who cares when you are being stung to death?

yum:


thirsty anyone?

personally i would have had no part in any of these experiments.
I can feel the ants on me just looking at this.
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At least Debby isn't going to pull a Jeanne and head back south while in the Atlantic.
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:
Funnel cloud off the coast of Cape Cod today:

I saw a similar storm off the Coast off Hull/Cohasset (about 8 Miles SE of Boston), Saturday
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
187.

Why do you keep posting the code in the "image" field? Just post it directly in the comment box.


It's a minor transgression... Keep your mind on bigger things kiddo ;-) Thoughts are with you.
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URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
CIVIL EMERGENCY MESSAGE
FRANKLIN COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TALLAHASSEE FL
641 PM EDT TUE JUN 26 2012

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE FRANKLIN
COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY.

DUE TO EXTREMELY HEAVY RAINFALL THAT OCCURRED WITH TROPICAL STORM
DEBBY ON MONDAY...SIGNIFICANT RIVER RISES ARE PREDICTED FOR THE NEW
RIVER...CROOKED RIVER...AND THE CARRABELLE RIVER IN FRANKLIN COUNTY.
MODERATE TO MAJOR FLOODING IS ANTICIPATED ALONG THESE RIVERS.
HOWEVER...BECAUSE THE LEVELS ON THESE RIVERS ARE DIFFICULT TO
MONITOR...THE FRANKLIN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS HAVE ISSUED
AN EVACUATION NOTICE FOR RESIDENTS LIVING ALONG THE NEW
RIVER...CROOKED RIVER...AND THE CARRABELLE RIVER.

RESIDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO TAKE ALL NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS TO
PROTECT THEMSELVES AND THEIR PROPERTY FROM THIS POTENTIALLY
DANGEROUS FLOODING. IF YOU FEEL YOU NEED HELP EVACUATING AT THIS
TIME BECAUSE YOU ALREADY HAVE FLOODING ISSUES...CALL THE FRANKLIN
COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY AT 850-653-3495
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187.

Why do you keep posting the code in the "image" field? Just post it directly in the comment box.
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04L/XX/D/XX
MARK
OVERLAND
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Off of SE coast


Off of NC



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Quoting ncstorm:
When Fran hit NC and we were listening to the radio and people were calling in with reports of damage, I remember one lady calling in asking for help because she had so many snakes in her yard and she wanted OUT of her house because she was afraid they were going to get in....

those critters panic as well and try to find shelter from these approaching storms
yep they sure do..one of the real dangers people hardly ever hear warned about..but its real
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Well it may not be decoupled yet, but the circulation is definitely tilted SW to NE.
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Debby won't be retired unless she strengthens again, turns around, and hits Florida again. Then the flooding would be epic and she'd likely be retired. I think if she would have meandered until Saturday over Florida like she was predicted to do yesterday, then she'd of had a good chance. They may retire her simply to never have to deal with a Debby again.
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18z Nogaps

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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
these are more dangerous because they are less visible:



But how would you like to run into this in a flood?:


I have. It sucks. A lot.
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Quoting biloxibob:
Will Debbie be a retired name?
its debby..with a y..not ie
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Could this be like Fay, that landfall caused the system to become stacked, and at strenthened?
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Quoting ncstorm:
18z


if that forms in the lower gulf. please send it where they need the rain, texas would be good
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Quoting waterskiman:

Seems like the perfect time to be splashing around with a can of Raid. Only if they are fire ants.
but would that not then poison the water
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Quoting LargoFl:
all these storms are moving fast ok
Once again thank you!!! for the information!! I can see a lot of moisture East of South FLorida in the Gulf of Mexico Rainbow Loop I hope all of this is not moving West.
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Blog Update Tropical Storm Debby Makes Landfall in Cedar Key FL.
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Exactly where I thought it would be :)

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18z


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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
these are more dangerous because they are less visible:



But how would you like to run into this in a flood?:

Seems like the perfect time to be splashing around with a can of Raid. Only if they are fire ants.
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Will Debbie be a retired name?
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Quoting floridafisherman:
im certainly no expert. but looking at radar, i see a definite spin or circulation of sort just south of jacksonville. is it possible that a new COC could be forming? it almost lies in the middle of that big blowup of convection on the NE side of the current COC


Probably more likely that the storm has decoupled due to strong shear. (Haven't had a chance to look at it yet, but just based on how it was looking earlier..)
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All this moisture off the SE coast is still associated with Debby. It may not be part of her currently, but yesterday's blob is connected to the squall lines east of Florida that run all the way south of Cuba. Today's blob is feeding off yesterday's blob, and it's all connected to the main spinning wheel which is Debby. Now Debby has really no choice but to run into this energy and essentially become a stronger storm as the actual body of Debby fills in. This is a very long way from over.
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When Fran hit NC and we were listening to the radio and people were calling in with reports of damage, I remember one lady calling in asking for help because she had so many snakes in her yard and she wanted OUT of her house because she was afraid they were going to get in....

those critters panic as well and try to find shelter from these approaching storms
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SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MIAMI FL
701 PM EDT TUE JUN 26 2012

FLZ070>074-262345-
INLAND BROWARD COUNTY FL INLAND COLLIER COUNTY FL INLAND MIAMI-DADE
COUNTY FL METRO BROWARD COUNTY FL METROPOLITAN MIAMI DADE FL
701 PM EDT TUE JUN 26 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MIAMI HAS ISSUED A

* SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR...
BROWARD COUNTY
NORTHERN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY
SOUTHEASTERN COLLIER COUNTY

* UNTIL 745 PM EDT

* AT 656 PM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS DETECTED A
LINE OF SHOWERS ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 7 MILES
NORTHWEST OF DADE-COLLIER TRAINING AIRPORT TO 5 MILES EAST OF
FORTYMILE BEND TO 8 MILES SOUTHEAST OF SHARK VALLEY OBS TOWER...AND
MOVING NORTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

* THE LINE OF SHOWERS WILL AFFECT...
INTERSECTION KROME AND KENDALL DRIVE...
KENDALE LAKES...
INTERSECTION ALLIGATOR ALLEY AND MIAMI CANAL...
DORAL...
MIAMI LAKES...
AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES.

THE PRIMARY IMPACTS WILL BE GUSTY WINDS OF 40 TO 50 MPH. THESE WINDS
CAN DOWN SMALL TREE LIMBS AND BRANCHES...AND BLOW AROUND UNSECURED
SMALL OBJECTS.

RESIDENTS NEAR THE PATH OF SHOULD REMAIN ON THE ALERT FOR ADDITIONAL
STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO AND OTHER LOCAL MEDIA FOR FURTHER
DETAILS OR UPDATES.

LAT...LON 2628 8050 2609 8023 2577 8029 2552 8071
2574 8080 2598 8107
TIME...MOT...LOC 2300Z 235DEG 33KT 2597 8091 2579 8071
2560 8066

$$
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Quoting Tribucanes:
I'll take ants over an alligator or poisonous snake any day. Although, I imagine they could be dangerous in their own right. I'm sure they could easily kill a small animal if they hit it.


i take the snake
Alligator is too big and i cant bear the thought of hundreds of ants crawling all over me and biting, expecially when you didnt see them coming.
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Quoting LargoFl:
strongs winds gusting up to 50 mph and rain they said
all these storms are moving fast ok
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I have a feeling we're about to start seeing some central FL tornado warnings with a nasty band moving in.
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Quoting Hurricane1956:
Thank you for your answer,what kind of warnings??,wind,rain,flood? we have to go to a event tonight.
strongs winds gusting up to 50 mph and rain they said
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
Just saw on ABC that snakes arent the only flooding problem
There are also floating balls of what looked like ants in distress that wait untill they hit an object, like a boot or a leg, and they explode into action, climbing up the leg and biting.
OUCH....





Those are likely fire ants...wretched, nasty, vicious things. Seriously, they swarm all over you and leave blisters when they bite. Definitely a hazard in flood water. Be careful out there. Link
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TA13 great to hear your Mom's home!
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Quoting LargoFl:
yes there are warnings out
Thank you for your answer,what kind of warnings??,wind,rain,flood? we have to go to a event tonight.
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Quoting LargoFl:
..looking at that radar, looks to be sinking down the state dont it
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I'll take ants over an alligator or poisonous snake any day. Although, I imagine they could be dangerous in their own right. I'm sure they could easily kill a small animal if they hit it.
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thanks for update doc
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If you look closely at this 18z GFS loop, you can trace the wave now in Eastern Atlantic all the way to the Texas/Mexico border.

Link
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
these are more dangerous because they are less visible:



But how would you like to run into this in a flood?:
wow great pics there
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800. KEEPEROFTHEGATE 11:12 PM GMT on June 26, 2012 0
she crossing the land now
leaving the cooler upwelled waters behind
and moves out over fresher warm water
and a stream for good measure
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799. KEEPEROFTHEGATE 11:09 PM GMT on June 26, 2012 0
Quoting icmoore:
I just want to say that I know a lot of people have been talking about people bashing the NHC, mets, other bloggers, etc about the "blown forecast of Debby" but what I will personally remember about Debby is what a great comfort it was for me being alone with 3 dogs and only moved here in Dec. oh, and did I mention that while I have been a "flippin' Floridan :) my whole life (56 years) I have always lived more inland while longing for the beach. I was sitting here on a barrier island across the street from the Gulf but I had people here feeding me current info and visuals and many people going through the same or similar or have been there before. I also enjoyed the humor during the stressful hours even the trolls did not diminish the experience for me and I know that is saying a lot :) Nothing is perfect not man or his machines :) but I want to say thank you to everyone here for being here with me and what a cool weather experience it was!



and we will be here to do it again the next time as well
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
these are more dangerous because they are less visible:



But how would you like to run into this in a flood?:


made me cringe looking at that..
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Alligators...Sharks...Snakes...

*shudders*

My mom is coming home tomorrow.


good news!!!! :)
Did they find the reason for any of the strokes?
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A lot like yesterday yes, but now yesterday's blob is blocking today's blob from moving east as quickly as yesterday's did. Will this blob of energy move quickly enough east to stop Debby from using this energy to fill in and strengthen? I think we'll see a strengthening storm soon enough. I just hope for Florida's sake it's off to sea and not coming back for seconds.
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SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL
641 PM EDT TUE JUN 26 2012

FLZ047-053-262330-
OSCEOLA-SOUTHERN BREVARD COUNTY-
641 PM EDT TUE JUN 26 2012

...A SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR STRONG WIND GUSTS
UP TO 50 MPH AND FUNNEL CLOUDS OVER SOUTHERN BREVARD COUNTY...FAR
EASTERN OSCEOLA COUNTY...

* UNTIL 730 PM EDT.

AT 638 PM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
LINE OF STORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING STRONG WIND GUSTS FROM CAMP HOLLY
FISH CAMP TO 18 MILES SOUTHWEST OF CAMP HOLLY FISH CAMP...MOVING
NORTHEAST AT 40 MPH. THESE SHOWERS WILL ALSO BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING
BRIEF FUNNEL CLOUDS

LOCATIONS IN THE PATH OF THE STORM WHICH MAY EXPERIENCE STRONG WINDS
INCLUDE INDIAN HARBOUR BEACH...MELBOURNE BEACH...MICCO AND WEST
MELBOURNE.

THE PRIMARY THREAT WILL BE CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING STRIKES AND
GUSTY WINDS OF 45 TO 55 MPH...WHICH CAN CAUSE UNSECURED OBJECTS TO
BLOW AROUND...SNAP TREE LIMBS OR CAUSE POWER OUTAGES. HEAVY RAINFALL
WILL TEMPORARILY REDUCE VISIBILITY. SEEK SHELTER INDOORS UNTIL THE
STORM PASSES.
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East Coast Visible Hurricane Loop
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these are more dangerous because they are less visible:



But how would you like to run into this in a flood?:
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