Florida is getting its first major taste of what Hurricane Season 2012 may potentially hold, as Tropical Storm Debby begins her second straight day sitting over the Sunshine State, dumping torrential rains and high winds across much of the area. The storm is very slow moving and little change is expected over the next couple of days. This is a common problem with storms of this nature, the lack of movement means that given areas will be exposed to the destructive power of the storm for a longer sustained period of time. The chances of flooding and other related damage go up considerably, and the time needed for recovery may be great.
As of this writing (Monday morning), Debby has maximum sustained winds around 50 mph, with occasional stronger gusts possible, and tropical storm conditions and winds extending almost 200 miles out from the center of the storm. This means that most of Florida is feeling the strength of Debby today, and tropical storm warnings are in effect for areas of Alabama as well.
Debby has either curtailed or shut down oil production in the Gulf, depending of course on which company you talk to. And the Lousiana Offshore Oil Port shut down due to rough seas, making it impossible for many of the larger tankers to dock and offload shipments.
The good part here is that Debby is not expected to strengthen, much less reach hurricane status. Most storms weaken when they make landfall, the result of a lack of warm water that powers them. They eventually blow themselves out without causing further damage.
Vacationers haven’t exactly been deterred by Debby, however, with beaches full of tourists even on Sunday. Lifeguards kept people out of the water due to strong surf conditions, but the high winds and rapidly moving dark clouds made for some spectacular photo opportunities.
Drymeout.com services the entire Florida west coast with top flight water restoration services. Watch this blog over the next few days for continued updates on Debby, her status, the damage she has caused, and the effects she has had across the state of Florida.
If your family has been a victim of Debby’s visit, then contact us immediately for assistance. Our Immediate Response Team is available 24/7 to handle even the most severe cases of flooding or other water damage and storm related problems.