The first serious, named storm of the season is still harassing residents along the Florida coast and putting a damper on summer vacations. The stagnant Tropical Storm Debby has remained over the Sunshine State for almost four straight days bringing torrential rain, high winds and turbulent surf all along the gulf coast.
Meteorologists are describing Debby as unique for her surprisingly slow rate of progression. The storm has sat almost motionless off the Florida panhandle making beaches unappealing in their most lucrative season and harrying travelers as far away as Disney World.
“We’ve had bad luck on this island,” said Buccaneer Inn Vice President JoAnn Shiver. “We’ve had Dennis. We’ve had Katrina. We had the oil spill.”
Debby is expected to blow ashore around Florida’s Big Bend area early Wednesday morning. As the storm crosses the state and reaches the Atlantic Ocean it is expected to lose steam and be downgraded from a tropical storm. Several areas in Florida have already received more than 10 inches of rainfall and forecasters are warning that southern Georgia could experience the same.