|A tornado spun off by Debby moves across the Florida Gulf Coast.|
|Point taken. (AP Photo)|
The moist air is being fed by a deep plume of tropical moisture that extends all the way down to tropical storm Debby in the Gulf of Mexico. Debby is nearly stationary off the Florida coast drifting east at 3mph. The storm has been pounding the coast all weekend with a 3 to 5 foot storm surge and up to 8 inches of rain. Nearly 2 feet of rain could fall by Friday as the system slowly crosses northern Florida and emerges in the Atlantic Ocean. Winds are at 45 mph and several tornadoes have been spun off by the storm. Two fatalities were reported and power is out to over 35,000 homes. Coastal flooding has closed some highways and heavy rain is producing inland floods.