Latest forecast suggests the storm won’t move west
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Tropical Storm Debby could continue to lash large stretches of the northern Gulf Coast with huge waves, tropical storm force winds and rain the next few days before heading inland toward the second half of next week.
The storm was also generating tornadoes in northwestern Florida late Sunday afternoon, as well as heavy rain along the northern Gulf Coast. Apalachee Bay could see a storm surge of up to 6 feet, and widespread areas will see 2 to 4 inches of rain.
In its latest update, the National Hurricane Center backed away from a previous forecast model that would have brought the storm westward and possibly into Texas. Instead, the system, now with sustained winds of 60 mph, is expected to meander slowly northward.
Tropical storm warnings extend from the Mississippi-Alabama border to the Suwanee River in Florida, with a tropical storm watch extending all the way to Englewood, Florida. The storm could intensify slightly in the next few days, according to the official NHC forecast.
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