Tropical Storm Debby soaks Florida's Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Debby soaks Florida's Gulf Coast

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-, SPACE: This satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows Tropical Storm Debby 23 August 2006 located over the Atlantic Ocean, south of Lajes, Azores. AFP PHOTO/NOAA (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on June 26, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 26 at 2:30 AM

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Forecasters say Tropical Storm Debby will continue to pose a flooding threat to north Florida and the state's Panhandle region over the coming days.

Debby is virtually parked off Florida's Gulf Coast after raking the Tampa Bay area with high winds and heavy rain Monday. The drenching could top 2 feet over the ensuing days in some areas.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Debby's top sustained winds were 45 mph (75 kph) at 2 a.m. EDT Tuesday and the storm was moving eastward at 4 mph. It was centered about 90 miles west of Cedar Key, Fla.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect for the Florida Gulf Coast from Mexico City to Englewood.

Forecasters cautioned that Debby is a large tropical cyclone spreading strong winds and heavy rains at great distances from its center.

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