Tropical Storm became the earliest “D” (or fourth) storm to develop in the Atlantic Basin since records were kept late Saturday afternoon. As of the 5pm advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Debby was located near 26.2N 87.6W, or 348 miles southwest of Cedar Key, FL. Maximum sustained winds were at 50mph, with higher gusts over 60mph. Debby had an initial motion to the north at 5mph, but was forecast to slowly turn westward on Sunday. The official forecast from the NHC takes Debby on a westward track toward the coasts of Texas or Louisiana as possibly a weak hurricane early next week.
We are closely monitoring the developments with Debby and will keep you updated on the potential impacts the storm will have for North-Central Floridians.