Tropical Storm Debby: New Storms Predicted, State of Emergency Declared (VIDEO)

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By Sami K. Martin , Christian Post Reporter
June 26, 2012|8:53 am

Tropical Storm Debby is expected to spawn even more tornadoes and storms as she moves closer to the Florida Panhandle. The storm has already caused flooding and tornadoes along the Gulf of Mexico, reports state, and Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency.

"Torrential rains and flooding will continue for the next few days across portions of the Florida panhandle and North Florida," the National Hurricane Center said. "The center of Debby will move over Northern Florida in the next day or two. The combination of a storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters."

"Debby is expected to produce additional rain accumulations of 4 to 8 inches over Northern Florida during the next couple of days, with additional 1 to 3 inch rains expected over extreme Southwestern Georgia. Isolated storm total amounts of 25 inches are possible in Southern Florida," the NHC has predicted.

"Isolated tornadoes will be possible today across the Florida peninsula," added the NHC.

Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency across the state yesterday after a tornado killed one woman and destroyed several homes. At least two tornadoes formed in the state, reported Gloria Rybinski.

"Because of the broad impact of Tropical Storm Debby, virtually every county in Florida could be affected," Scott said in a statement. "Some communities are already grappling with flooding, wind damage and electrical outages."

People seem to be taking preparations for Debby's arrival in their area and are buckling down in their homes. News about the storm is helping residents stay updated on the latest storm warnings.

"Happy Tuesday! Tropical Storm Debby brought over 20" of rain in 24 hours near Tallahassee!" tweeted Sam Champion. That amount of flooding could set new records for the state.

Watch a video of yesterday's tornadoes here:

 

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