Debby Makes Landfall Outside Bay Area
The Tampa region isn’t out of the woods yet, National Weather Service meteorologists say.
Just because Tropical Storm Debby made landfall in northern Florida doesn’t mean the Tampa Bay area is completely out of the woods yet.
According to Anthony Reynes, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Ruskin office, the storm could still bring bad weather our way tonight and into the morning on Wednesday.
“Tonight we’re still going to see rain bands in association with this,” he said. “Gusty winds and downpours; it’s not going to be continuous rain, just passing rain bands.”
Debby made landfall in Steinhatchee this afternoon and is expected to clear the state some time tomorrow.
Until she leaves, however, Reynes said Tampa Bay area residents should be on the lookout for bad weather.
“We could see some strong rain bands and even thunderstorms or an isolated tornado or two,” he said.
Flooding, in coastal areas especially, may also continue to be an issue.
“Bayshore Boulevard, for example, is still underwater,” Reynes said. “With rain bands passing, these waters are probably not going to start retreating until the early hours of Wednesday.”
Tropical Storm Debby has dumped more than 10 inches of rain on the Tampa Bay area since she made her appearance over the weekend. Some areas have experienced severe flooding. In West Pasco County, evacuations are ongoing.
For more information about Debby’s current path and Tampa Bay weather, visit the National Weather Service's website.
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