Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect from along the coast of Louisiana from the mouth of the Pearl River west to Morgan City. The warning does not include New Orleans or Lake Pontchartrain. A Tropical Storm Warning is also in effect from the Mississippi/Alabama border eastward across the Florida panhandle to the Ochlockonee River.
The storm is currently moving slowly northward. Strong winds at cloud level are keeping the heavy storms of Debby to the east of the center of the system. Those winds will weaken in the next couple of days, allowing Debby to organize a little better and likely become a strong tropical storm or even a hurricane by the middle of the work week.
Everyone wants to know where Debby is headed. Right now there are still some questions marks as some computer models still take the system east towards Florida or north to the central Gulf coast. Most model data suggests a more westward track. The latest model data suggests a track closer to our coast or towards Florida. The official track from the National Hurricane Center puts southwest Mississippi in the "cone of uncertainty."
Even if Debby does not directly impact our coastline, there will still be some effects from the storm. The main impacts will come from coastal flooding, high seas and surf. Wind gusts upwards of 50mph are possible, too, just offshore the coast. Rip currents remain possible along parts of the Gulf coast. Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect for coastal Louisiana.
Due to widespread rip currents and the high surf conditions, Orange Beach and Gulf Shores is closed to swimmers.
Assuming Debby remains south of our area, our forecast will remain dry and quite hot. Our highs will range from the middle to upper 90s through much of next week. Heat index values will be in the lower 100s. Lows will be in the 70s. If Debby does in fact move inland into south Mississippi, then our temperatures will be cooler and we will have better rain chances.
Sunday, May 19 2013 5:35 PM EDT2013-05-19 21:35:57 GMT
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