Weather Watch: Tropical Storm Debby moving south of the Suwanee river to Englewood

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Tropical Storm Betty (credit: NOAA)

Tropical Storm Betty (credit: NOAA)

 

Florida Travel Guide: Tropical Storm Betty moves south toward Englewood

After Florida was pummeled with heavy rains and ensuing flooding, Tropical Storm Betty is still clinging to the Florida coastline. Here’s an update of some of the changing conditions for those traveling in Florida. Listen to the local weather forecast and stay safe!

Storm Surge

When there is a storm surge along with the tide, areas that are usually dry can flood given the rising waters. During high tide, the following areas can reach the following depths above ground:

  • 4 – 6 feet: Apalachee Bay to Waccasassa Bay
  • 2 – 4 feet: Florida West Coast south of Waccasassa Bay
  • 2 – 4 feet: Alabama-Florida border eastward to Apalachee Bay
  • 1 – 3 feet: Southeastern Louisiana to Alabama-Florida border

Flash Flood Warning and heavy rainfall

The forecast now is that there will be 10 to 15 inches of rain over the Florida panhandle and northern Florida, but some areas could get as much as 25 inches. Central Florida can receive rain accumulations of 5 to 10 inches. Since there has been such a heavy rainfall during the last few days and the soil is very wet, a flash flood threat has been issued for northern Florida.

Tornado

A few tornadoes may be possible across the eastern Florida panhandle.

Tell us…

What do you do indoors during a tropical storm?