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.
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