Tropical Storm Debby Strengthens Off Gulf

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Forecasters say they've issued a tropical storm warning for Alabama's Gulf Coast to the Florida Panhandle ahead of strengthening Tropical Storm Debby.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Debby was located about 170 miles (270 kms) southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River at 8 a.m. EDT Sunday. It said the tropical storm warning has now been issued from the Mississippi-Alabama border eastward to the Florida Panhandle's Ochlockonee River.

The Miami forecasters add that Debby's top sustained winds have risen in recent hours from 50 mph (85 kph) to about 60 mph (95 kph). The storm was moving north at 2 mph (4 kph).

Although a forecast track was still uncertain, the hurricane center said people from Texas to Florida should remain alert to Debby's movements.

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