Hurricane Debby vs. Florida
I have been tracking the events surrounding Hurricane Debby for most of Sunday 24 JUN.
Here in Tampa, the eastern portions of the county never lost services, whether power, comms, or business access. There have been several reports at this hour about road flooding, scattered damage to structures resulting from straightline winds, and immense rainfall in Pinellas County. Some power outages have been reported in Pinellas as well, with over 12,000 customers in the dark.
During the height of the storm this evening, I tracked no less than four funnel formations - two onshore, two offshore. One made landfall at St. Pete Beach, causing damage at Pass-a-grille and Treasure Island. One tracked directly over my location in east Hillsborough County. We had a touchdown in Polk County, tracking north past Waverly and Haines City.
At this posting, the storm has stalled in the Gulf, but is still expected to make landfall somewhere in the Panhandle. Debby is not expected to strengthen past Tropical Storm level.
We ended up hosting a hurricane party at The Bride's house. We had me and The Bride, three teenage girls, our older stepdaughter, and a family friend who got flooded out of her apartment, plus a dog. As such, we had to make an emergency trip to Sweetbay to supplement our homestock. We're discussing modifications to our homestock tonight, for just such events in future.
More updates as events warrant. Stay dry!