CORAL GABLES (LALATE) – Possible Tropical Storm Debby is prompting a flood advisory for Miami-Dade County and Florida residents. The National Hurricane Center confirms either a Tropical Storm Debby or Tropical Depression Debby will complete its structural formation by Saturday afternoon. But this morning, the National Weather Service warned of a flood advisory for Florida residents.
As of today June 23, 2012, the weather system which passed over Florida and is now in the Gulf of Mexico has still not formed into a tropical cyclone. Officials had told news that such formation would happen by Friday night. But now the National Hurricane Center in Miami is warning that the formation will be complete before Sunday.
In a news statement this morning, the NHC warns “the system has a high chance, 90%, of becoming a tropical cyclone as it moves slowly northward during the next 48 hours.” Officials tell news that the system is more likely to become Tropical Storm Debby than Tropical Depression Debby. They warn news that it “could form later today or tonight if the development trend continues.”
The center of the system is still over the Gulf of Mexico. But NHC tells news that Debby “appears to be becoming better defined … south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River.”
On Saturday morning, the NWS in Miami told news of possible flooding today. They warned of “locally heavy rainfall possible through Sunday Night.”
Residents should expect “tropical moisture into South Florida through at least Sunday night with periods of heavy rainfall possible.” They also told news that “locally higher amounts are possible since persistent bands of heavy rainfall may impact a few areas.”