Written by Michelle Palmer, Deputy State Meteorologist, FDEM Wednesday, 27 June 2012 19:50
Debby lost tropical characteristics Wednesday afternoon and as of 5pm Wednesday, Debby was located about 180 miles east of St. Augustine, Florida.
Maximum sustained winds are at 40 mph and little change in strength is expected during the next few days.
Post-Tropical Storm Debby is now moving toward the east at 13 mph and this general motion with an increase in forward speed is expected over the next couple of days and Debby is forecast to stay well off the U.S. coastline as it races into the open Atlantic.
Flood Warnings are in effect for several North Florida and West Central Florida rivers, as well as land areas in eastern Franklin, Wakulla, southwestern Jefferson, southeastern Liberty, northern Dixie, Lafayette, and Taylor Counties.
Flooding remains our major concern. At this time, the St. Marks, Sopchoppy, Anclote, and Little Manatee Rivers, as well as the Suwannee River at White Springs, St. Marys River at MacClenny, and North Fork Black Creek at Middleburg have crested, but many others are forecast to crest through the weekend.
The St. Mary's River broke the previous record of 23.2 feet and Black Creek crested just below the record level at 25.11 feet. The upper Suwannee River at White Springs crested this afternoon, while the rest of the Upper Suwannee River and Upper Santa Fe Rivers are forecast to crest in major flood stage between Friday and Sunday. The Santa Fe River will be slower to recede and many areas will stay in major or moderate flood stage through next week.
Elsewhere, a disorganized tropical wave in the eastern Atlantic Ocean has a 10% chance of tropical cyclone development within the next 48 hours.
More information on Post-Tropical Storm Debby can be found at www.nhc.noaa.gov. More information on Florida rivers can be found from the Southeast River Forecast Center at http://www.srh.noaa.gov/serfc/ or the USGS at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/fl/nwis/rt.
Deputy State Meteorologist
Florida Division of Emergency Management
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