Debby is now offshore of the Florida Atlantic coast after a legacy of flooding rainfall in part of the Deep South.
This is certainly good news as a sweep of dry air from the north has ended the flooding rain in northern Florida and southern Georgia.
The storm was downgraded to a tropical depression Tuesday evening after making landfall near Steinhatchee, Fla.
Since its start, Debby produced tremendous rainfall in part of the Deep South. Indications are the storm will continue its flooding legacy until the very end.
Over a foot of rain has fallen in portions of Florida the past several of days. There have been unofficial amounts up to two feet in the Curtis Mill, Fla. area. Sanborn, Fla., received 20.10 inches of rain in 24 hours.
During Sunday into Monday, north-central Florida was clobbered by torrential rain. During Monday into Tuesday, northern Florida, including part of the panhandle, was inundated. During Tuesday afternoon and evening, northeastern Florida and southeastern Georgia were hit hard.
Bands of showers and thunderstorms will continue to affect South Florida, the Keys and part of the Bahamas into Wednesday evening. A few of the thunderstorms can produce urban and low-lying area flooding.
Debby also had a legacy of spawning tornadoes early on, but fortunately with the storm now rather disorganized and moving away, that threat has diminished significantly and will continue to do so over the next day.
As Debby swings hundreds of miles into the Atlantic, look for dry air to sweep across much of South Florida as well Thursday.
There appears to be a little less danger of Debby rapidly strengthening upon reaching the Gulf Stream offshore. However, some regain of strength will occur as the storm moves farther out to sea.
How quickly the ramp-up occurs will determine how rough surf conditions will get for a time along the southern Atlantic Seaboard from West Palm Beach to Cape Hatteras late in the week into the first part of the weekend.
Debby will affect Bermuda later Friday into Saturday with rough seas, stiff winds and squalls.
As Debby heads out to sea, heat will expand from the middle of the nation reaching much of the East Coast.
A piece of Debby's moisture did find its way well to the north, in Maine of all places. As a scoop of air high in the atmosphere dipped southward into the Eastern states, it was able to briefly shear off some moisture in the form of drenching rain.
That rain is contributing to flooding problems in the Pine Tree State through Wednesday.
Those looking for a break from the heat across the central United States will be in luck as a slow cooldown is in store starting this weekend.
The midwestern United States will be in the crosshairs of potent thunderstorms into Saturday night.
Much of the eastern United States will continue to swelter with above-average temperatures into the end of the month.
Conditions will deteriorate across Hawaii this weekend as Darby delivers locally heavy rain and rough surf. But the tropical storm will provide long-term benefits.
Stifling heat has been baking the central United States but will finally ease across northern areas this weekend.
Lightning killed a teenager on Friday, the second teen lightning death in three days. With thunderstorms continuing to rattle several parts of the nation, more lives will be at risk.
New Zealand (1995)
Extreme cold - a bay in Littleton Harbor froze for the first time in "living memory".
Simla, CO (1996)
4.5" diameter hail.
Mid-Atlantic Ocean (1788)
(22nd-24th) George Washington Hurricane; After causing ship disasters off SW Bermuda, the storm moved NW over Tidewater, NC and VA to pass right over George Washington's Mt. Vernon plantation. On July 24th, George Washington wrote in his diary: "About noon the wind suddenly shifted from NE to SW and blew the remaining part of the day violently from that quarter. The tide this time rose near higher than it was ever known to do, driving boats, etc. into fields, where no tide had ever been heard of before, and most, it is apprehended, having done infinite damage on their wharves at Alexandria, Norfolk, Baltimore, etc. At home all day."