As Debby hovers in Gulf, Florida getting more rain
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- After raking Florida's Gulf coast with high winds and heavy rain, Tropical Storm Debby promises to bring more of the same in the coming days as it continues to hover in the Gulf of Mexico, in no apparent hurry to make landfall.
The National Hurricane Center said early Tuesday that Debby was about 90 miles (145 kilometers) west of Cedar Key and moving eastward at 4 mph (6 kph). It had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (72 kph), barely tropical-storm status.
Still, the storm made its presence felt Monday, bringing driving rains that caused flooding in low-lying areas and strong winds that prompted the closing of two major Tampa Bay-area bridges.
A tropical storm warning remained in effect early Tuesday for about 450 miles of coastline, from Mexico Beach in the Panhandle to Englewood, south of Sarasota. Debby is expected to make landfall Wednesday night.