As of 5 am, Debby has winds of 50 mph and is “centered” some 165 miles SE of the Mouth of the Mississippi. The National Hurricane Center has brought the track a bit more north than previous forecasts, but overall, the official track takes Debby toward the northern and western Gulf Coast .
For us, rain chances remain rather high over the next 24 to 36 hours until Debby pulls away. There’s even a chance of a tornado watch for the area as there have already been several tornado warnings to our South.
Floridians living and visiting the Gulf Coast region should keep an eye on a tropical system swirling in the Gulf of Mexico.
The system might bring thunderstorms and gusty winds to southwest Florida this weekend and forecasters say it has a 90 percent chance of turning into a tropical depression in the next 48 hours.
If the system were to become a tropical storm, it would be called Debby.
Gulf temperatures are warm and the wind shear — winds blowing from opposite directions — is low. Those are two main ingredients for helping a tropical system to develop.