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Tropical Storm Debby Swamps Wide Area of Florida June 29, 2012
CIMSS Satellite Loop
Tropical Storm Debby can be seen spinning over the Gulf of Mexico, sending bands of rain into Florida.
Florida and parts of neighboring states were drenched for several days by slowly moving Tropical Storm Debby.

Torrential rainfall broke several records while swamping numerous communities, especially along Florida’s Gulf Coast.

The extent of the flooding was caused by the storm spinning off Florida during a four-day period, sending in spiraling bands of torrential rains and rotating storms.

Tornadoes tore through several remote areas of the state, as well as causing scattered damage in a beach resort south of St. Petersburg.

Some waterspouts were spotted spinning up offshore, including the one that moved ashore and caused damage as a tornado near St. Petersburg.

Flooding also blocked a portion of Florida’s major east-west Interstate Highway 10 as high winds forced officials to shut down the Sunshine Skyway bridge over Tampa Bay for more than two days.

Debby arrived unusually early in the Atlantic hurricane season, catching some wildlife off guard with deadly consequences.

Storm surge tides destroyed several beachside turtle nests and killed many young seabirds that had just hatched. At least one manatee was seen floating dead in Tampa Bay.

Debby eventually moved ashore in a sparsely populated area of Florida near the mouth of the Swannee River. After weakening to a tropical depression during its passage over the state, it regained tropical storm strength over the warm Gulf Stream waters of the Atlantic.

Debby was the fourth named storm to emerge so far this season, making it part of the highest number ever to form so early in June.

Tropical Storm Debby Track

Satellite Loop Data: CIMSS