The National Hurricane Center has updated its project track for Tropical Storm Debby, and the news remains largely the same for the Tampa Bay area: The storm, though weakened, is still headed toward the Gulf Coast and Central Florida.
As of 11 a.m., today, June 26, the entire Bay region remains under a tropical storm warning. This means "tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are expected somewhere within the specified area within 36 hours," according to the weather service. Counties affected include Sarasota, Pasco, Manatee, Pinellas and Hillsborough.
Although Debby’s impact on most of the Tampa region is waning today, National Weather Service meteorologist Ernie Jillson said conditions could deteriorate later today.
While there are no current tornado watches in effect, Jillson said, “I would not be surprised to see one go up later today as the rain bands begin to increase.”
Tropical Storm Debby has already dumped more than 10 inches of rain on the Tampa Bay area. Another 3 to 5 inches is anticipated before the storm moves away from Florida Thursday.
For more information about Debby’s current path and Tampa Bay weather, visit the National Weather Service's website.
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