Tropical storm Debby hovers over Gulf

Total accumulated rainfall could hit 25 inches in northern Florida

MIAMI | June 26, 2012

Tropical Storm Debby moved eastward along the Florida Gulf Coast Tuesday packing winds as high as 45 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.

Residents of northern Florida braced for the possibility of 4- to 8 more inches of rain in the next few days as Debby hovers over the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. Total accumulated rainfall could hit 25 inches in northern Florida.

One to 3 inches of additional rainfall is expected over extreme southeastern Georgia.

The National Hurricane Center, in its 5 a.m. EDT advisory, said Debby could produce a storm surge and cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters.

No significant change in strength is expected from Debby in the next few days until the center of the tropical storm moves over land.

Debby has already been blamed for one death in Venus, Fla. some 100 miles southeast of Tampa. A woman died while trying to shelter her 3-year-old daughter during a tornado Sunday, CNN reported.

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