CORAL GABLES (LALATE) – While possible Tropical Storm Debby won’t become “Hurricane Debby”, the system is prompting concerns for the Gulf of Mexico. Residents should expect Tropical Storm Debby to threaten the Gulf by Sunday, the National Hurricane Center told news in a briefing moments ago. The NHC warned that the current weather system now passing over Florida could become a Tropical Depression or a Tropical Storm by Sunday; but for now, no indications suggest a hurricane is anticipated.
In a news briefing thirty minutes ago, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said that its predictions from Thursday are accurate. NHC has been warning news that the weather system passing over Florida into the Gulf could become a tropical cyclone within forty-eight hours. That prediction is now high, at over fifty-percent, as indicated by the new mapping from the NCH.
NCH tells news that Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is “scheduled to investigate the system this afternoon” and as “necessary” to determine its threat. But for now, the concern is south Florida, western Cuba, the Yucatan Peninsula and Gulf Coast states.
Officials tell news that the storm could become Tropical Storm Debby by Sunday. She will “move slowly northward. This system has a high chance, 70%, of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next four-eight hours.” Officials are warning of flooding and heavy rains. “Interests along the entire United States Gulf Cost should monitor progress of this disturbance through the weekend.”