(MIAMI) — Florida is in store for more rain this week as Tropical Storm Debby continues to hover near the panhandle.
Already, some parts of the state have seen more than 20 inches of rain as the storm inches its way through the Gulf of Mexico. Ten to 20 more inches of rain is forecast from Tallahassee to Gainesville and Jacksonville in the next few days as Debby moves eastward through Florida.
The flood threat prompted Florida Gov. Rick Scott to declare a statewide emergency on Monday.
“We declared a state of emergency so we can coordinate the use of all state resources to make sure that we can respond promptly if anything happens,” Scott said Monday. “Like always, everybody should have food and water on hand, but just be prepared and use common sense and be careful.”
As of Tuesday morning, Debby was moving eastward at three miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center. Models show the tropical storm moving through northern Florida into Thursday, before reaching the Atlantic Ocean Friday morning.
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