Tropical Storm Warning: Debbie Churns In The Gulf

June 24, 2012

A tropical storm warning has been issued for South Alabama and Northwest Florida as Tropical Storm Debby, the fourth storm of the 2012 hurricane season, continues to churn in the Gulf of Mexico.

The National Hurricane Center said Saturday the storm is expected to move over the northern Gulf of Mexico with gradual turn toward the Florida Panhandle during the next few days. Debby is forecast to become a hurricane.

The latest conditions and forecast path for Debby are in the graphic above, click to enlarge.

For the coastal portions of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, there is a high surf and coast flood advisory in effect. Winds are forecast to be 10-15 mph in the inland areas and 15-20 mph closer to the coast on Sunday with gusts of 30 mph possible. For more on the local impacts from Debby, click here.

Debby has also forced the suspension of eight percent of the region’s oil and gas production.

Officials said nine production platforms and one drilling rig were evacuated — including one drilling rig towed into Pensacola Bay. The reduced production is not expected to impact oil prices unless the storm strengthens and forces more production platforms to close.

It is the first time four tropical storms have formed before July 1 during the Atlantic hurricane season since record keeping began in 1851.

Images on this page are updated live by the National Hurricane Center. Reload the page to see the latest update.


7 Responses to “Tropical Storm Warning: Debbie Churns In The Gulf”

  1. David Huie Green on June 24th, 2012 4:51 pm

    I liked her much better when she was considering going elsewhere

  2. jason roussel on June 24th, 2012 12:52 pm

    Let it rain baby!!!

  3. Brian Stone on June 24th, 2012 12:47 pm

    With this storm stalling out as it seems to be doing there is a potential for cat 1 development. And with high pressure to the north west pulling it and a low trough to the north east doing the same it could do 1 of 3 things, going north west toward Louisiana, going north north west toward Mississippi or to the north east toward the Florida panhandle if the low trough in the jet stream is strong enough. It is sure to be a tricky storm a lot of variables. Just a guess but I would say some where in the middle like Mississippi with us getting the right side of the storm.

  4. Thanks William!!! on June 24th, 2012 10:18 am

    Thanks William for keeping this information updated!!! It is greatly appreciated by all of us!!!!

  5. ron adams on June 24th, 2012 9:16 am

    Even though this type of “potential” storm (…may become a hurricane) ALWAYS impacts the Gulf-States’ shorelines in negative ways, the benefits for inland drought relief is “welcomed” with cautious optimism by Central Texans. If a hurricane IS THE END RESULT FOR THE TEXAS COASTLINE …. rest assured that Texans are ready NORTHWARD to offer assistance / housing for those SOUTHWARD who are told to evacuate ! OUR DOORS ARE ALWAYS OPEN !!!!!!

  6. 429SCJ on June 24th, 2012 7:20 am

    There was a mass exodus of RVs from Ft Pickens yesterday evening.

    The wind and surf were high and clouds appeared threatening, but weather radar showed little rain.

  7. well on June 24th, 2012 6:58 am

    Might find out what kind of oil is left sitting around out there.

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