Tropical Storm Debby isn’t doing a lot of moving in the Gulf of Mexico, but she does seem to have set her sights on a new target.
According to the most recent projected path of the storm, Debby should make landfall sometime between Thursday and Friday in the area between Sarasota and Levy counties. The National Hurricane Center has put the entire Tampa Bay area into its Tropical Storm Warning zone, including Pasco, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota counties.
Flood and tornado watches also remain in effect for much of the Bay area, the National Weather Service wrote in its 11:30 a.m. update on the storm.
Watches are set when conditions are ripe for the formation of severe weather, such as tornados. A tropical storm warning means that "tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are expected somewhere within the specified area within 36 hours," according to the weather service.
As Debby’s path continues to shift, the storm is dumping inches of water throughout the Tampa region. Street flooding and wind damage have been reported in numerous counties, including Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco, among others.
For the most recent watches and warnings, visit the National Weather Service’s Severe Weather Summary page online.
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Editor's note: This article was updated at 12:35 p.m.