Tropical Storm Debbie Changes Course Again, Heading Towards Central Florida
Overnight Tropical Storm Debbie changed course again and is now heading towards Central Florida's northern area and is expected to pass near Ocala.
Here's the latest NHC advisory:
Location: 28.6°N 85.2°W
Moving: NE at 3 mph
Min pressure: 995 mb
Max sustained: 45 mph
Widespread flooding is occurring across the I-4 corridor of Tampa, Orlando and northwards to Lake City, Florida. Numerous tornadoes, fallen trees and power outages have been reported. Between 2 and 5 inches of rain have already fallen around Central Florida, while up to 10 inches have fallen in parts of the Tampa Bay area.
Debbie is expected to cross into Marion County sometime Friday as the slow moving heavy rain soaking storm makes its way into Florida.
Emergency Operations Centers have been opened up by Pasco County and the State of Florida. Sumter County has cancelled all classes and sporadic power outages have been reported in Brevard, Flagler, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Sumter, Volusia, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties.
Tornado warnings continue to be posted across much of the northern half of Florida.