From the ABC 7 Weather team

Tropical Storm Debby expected to move into Florida

June 26, 2012 - 10:19 AM
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More than 20 inches of rain have impacted parts of Florida causing widespread flooding. Check out more information about the storm here.

Check out the rainfall totals from Tropical Storm Debby so far. In some areas, over 20 inches of rain has fallen. This includes areas in the Panhandle of Florida just south of Tallahassee. Know that these are radar estimated rainfall totals, so they aren't perfect, but they are close. Check out a list of rainfall totals from the past 72 hours.

The storm itself should finally begin to slide to the east but unfortunately will continue to bring it over the same areas which have been hammered by heavy rainfall already. There is also a storm surge threat, as the Tampa area had a surge already this morning and will again in the coming high tides until the storm moves ashore. Here is the forecast path as of 11am this morning.

Tropical Storm Debby Forecast Track as of 2pm Tuesday

Also check out the briefing page put together by the National Weather Service office in Jacksonville. Very detailed and great information. The main concern in that area will be more widespread flooding. The severe threat doesn't appear to be quite as bad as a few days ago, but it is still there for some spin up tornadoes through much of Florida. Here's a picture of a boat washed ashore from Peter Acker Photography.

Photo of a boat washed up on shore in Sarasota, FL from Peter Acker Photography

There isn't much of a concern for the D.C. area, though the beaches this weekend may be hit with some rough surf put out by the storm. That could be an issue, as it is going to be particularly hot this weekend and a lot of people will want to take to the water. Just know there will be a rip current threat so keep that in mind if you or your kids decide to get in. Look at the satellite picture showing the cold front from yesterday helping keep this system south and steering it over Florida and into the Atlantic. Good news for us.

GOES Project Satellite Picture of Debby

For an example of how bad the flooding has been so far, here is a river gauge at the Sopchoppy River. It is showing that it is already 4 feet above minor flood stage.

Sopchoppy River Gauge

Now check out the pictures from the National Weather Service office of before and after the flooding. Wow...

Sopchoppy Before and After
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