Florida’s west coast gets a soaking
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Tropical Storm Debby is generating sustained winds of 50 mph in northern Gulf of Mexico and spawning severe weather on its eastern edge, moving up the coast of Florida from Fort Myers to the Tampa area. Some of the offshore thunderstorms are showing signs of rotation, triggering concerns about possible tornadoes in the area.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Debby is the earliest fourth tropical system to form in the Atlantic Basin, beating out Hurricane Dennis, which became a tropical system on July 5, 2oo5.
Most forecast models show the storm gradually strengthening during the next few days, to near hurricane force strength by mid-week.The models are still split on the ultimate direction of the storm, with some tracks taking the system eastward across Florida, but most indicate the storm will move to west across the northern Gulf of Mexico, potentially with a landfall in Texas.