Debby weakens, but Fla. still faces flooding risk

By: By BRENDAN FARRINGTON (Associated Press)
By: By BRENDAN FARRINGTON (Associated Press)

ST. GEORGE ISLAND, Fla. (AP) -- While Debby has weakened to a tropical depression as it makes its way across northern Florida, forecasters are warning that coastal areas that have been drenched in recent days remain at a high risk of flooding.

The National Hurricane Center said late Tuesday that Debby was 110 miles west of Daytona Beach and moving southeastward at 7 mph. It had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.

Forecasters said they expected Debby to turn toward the east overnight, and then veer east-northeast while picking up speed. The storm's center is expected to cross the northern Florida peninsula late Tuesday or Wednesday morning and head out into the Atlantic as early as Wednesday afternoon.

Isolated tornadoes are possible across the Florida peninsula, and coastal areas may see flooding because of the combination of a storm surge and the tide.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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