Debby Remains on Track for Florida Landfall
The entire Tampa Bay region remains under a tropical storm warning, but the tornado watch has been canceled.
Tampa Bay area residents hoping for some good news out of the National Hurricane Center’s 11 p.m. update on Tropical Storm Debby’s track are mostly out of luck.
Debby’s still in the area, and she doesn’t appear to want to move anytime soon.
“(The storm) has been pretty much stationary today,” said Tyler Fleming, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Ruskin office.
The hurricane center’s most recent track projection still has Debby making landfall in Florida later this week. On the upside, she isn’t showing signs of strengthening. The hurricane center has predicted Debby will remain a tropical storm until she makes landfall. At that point, forecasters expect the storm to be downgraded to a tropical depression. Strengthening is possible once the storm exits the state and makes its way out into the Atlantic, however.
As Debby continues to hang around Florida, the entire Tampa Bay area remains in the Tropical Storm Warning zone. This means "tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are expected somewhere within the specified area within 36 hours," according to the weather service. Impacted counties include Manatee, Sarasota, Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough.
Fleming said the tornado watch for the Tampa Bay area has been allowed to expire. Overnight Monday he expects reasonably calm conditions with some wind gusts and scattered showers. “(There’s) nothing too strong out there (right now),” he said.
Tuesday morning, Fleming anticipates new tornado watches to go into effect as storm activity is expected to kick up.
“Around 4 or 5 in the morning things might start picking up again,” he said, adding that flooding does remain an issue throughout the Bay area.
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