A tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico is threatening the southern coast from Louisiana to Florida as forecasters suspect the storm's 60 mph winds may grow slightly stronger over the next two days.
The storm, named Debby, could bring five to 10 inches of rain from southeast Louisiana to the central west coast of Florida, according to the National Weather Service. That brings a threat of flash floods inland to go along with the 1- to 3-foot storm surges Debby is expected to bring to the coast, except in Louisiana, where the surges could grow as great as 5 feet.
“The combination of a storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters,” the weather service cautioned in a Sunday morning briefing.
As of Sunday morning, a tropical storm warning — meaning that tropical-storm conditions are expected in an area within 36 hours — stretched from the northwest coast of Florida to the Suwannee River and along the coast of Louisiana from the mouth of the Pearl River westward until Morgan City. The tropical storm warning currently does not include New Orleans.