Debby is Now a Depression

June 27, 2012; 8:51 PM ET
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Debby was downgraded to a tropical depression at 8 p.m. Tuesday after making landfall during the evening near Steinhatchee, Fla. The storm will continue to bring some heavy rain to parts of eastern Florida today, however the threat for widespread heavy rain appears to have passed.

Maximum sustained winds have weakened to 35 miles per hour. (The latest reports can be found below.)

Significant flooding in the wake of heavy rain from Debby continues to occur across portions of Florida. One to two feet of rain has already poured down across portions of northern and central Florida. Sanborn, Fla., received 20.10 inches of rain in 24 hours alone on Monday.

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Emergency management officials issued a voluntary evacuation notice late Monday evening for residents in low-lying areas of Wakulla County, Fla., due to dangerous flooding. Voluntary evacuation orders were also issued for Suwanee County.

The Florida Highway patrol closed a portion of I-10, the main interstate highway through northern Florida, early Tuesday morning.

The storm has also spawned nearly two dozen tornadoes, which downed power lines, damaged homes and businesses and flipped semi trucks. While the threat for tornadoes will persist today in rain bands across the Florida peninsula, it will be much lower compared to earlier in the week.

In addition, with the storm weakening and pushing east, the threat for additional flooding is beginning to wane, but additional showers and storms expected later today will only exasperate existing problems.

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According to the National Weather Service, Debby has already claimed the lives of two people.

LATEST UPDATES:

4:45 a.m. Wednesday EDT: The center of Debby is now near the eastern Florida coast, about 25 miles southeast of St. Augustine. Rain bands are continuing to diminish across the state, and heavy rain and flooding should be rather isolated today.

Midnight Wednesday EDT: 7.20 inches of rain has fallen since 8:00 a.m. Tuesday at Palm Coast, Fla.

8:15 p.m. Tuesday EDT: Bridge in danger of failing due to high water from the Steinhatchee River on South Canal Road, just east of Highway 51 in Southern Lafayette County, reported emergency manager.

6:25 p.m. Tuesday EDT : Yards and roads are flooded in Orange Park, Fla. Emergency management reported several ongoing water rescues in Jacksonville, Fla.

5:00 p.m. Tuesday EDT: Debby has made landfall near Steinhatchee, FL. Maximum sustained winds are at 40 mph. Coastal and inland flooding threats remain. Storm should downgrade to a tropical depression this evening and move off the coast near St. Augustine by tomorrow morning.

2:10 p.m. Tuesday EDT: Debby is picking up forward speed. The storm should now make landfall this evening near Cedar Key, Fla.

1:00 p.m. Tuesday EDT: AccuWeather Meteorologists discussed Debby's landfall. It is anticipated near Cedar Key, Fla., around sunrise Wednesday. Stay tuned for the latest information. Join a live chat with Expert Senior Meteorologist at 6-7 p.m. ET this evening on Twitter by using the hashtag #Accuchat or join a live discussion on Facebook.

11:21 a.m. Tuesday EDT: Meteorologists made a change to rain map to show that Jacksonville, Fla., will be in the core of rain later today and tonight. Watch for flash flooding.

11:0 a.m. Tuesday EDT: Debby has weakened further with 40 mph winds. Flooding remains a threat across northern Florida and southern Georgia.

7:54 a.m. Tuesday EDT: A house was surrounded by water near Woodbine, Ga.

7:38 a.m. Tuesday EDT: U.S> Highway 90 is flooded and closed in downtwon Live Oak, Fla. Several vehicles are reported to be in parking lots with water up to the top of wheelwells about 1.5 feet deep.

6:50 a.m. Tuesday EDT: AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Bill Deger reports that several rivers and waterways in northern Florida are experiencing major flooding or near-record flooding. They include the North Fork Black Creek near Middleburg, the Anclote River at Elfers and the Litle Manatee River at Wimauma.

5:40 a.m. Tuesday EDT: The heaviest rain from Debby is now pushing into southeastern Georgia. Rain will continue to fall at a rate of more than an inch an hour this morning in cities such as Brunswick.

3:00 a.m. Tuesday EDT: AccuWeather.com meteorologists report that the center of Debby appears to be barely moving, while the storm is showing some signs of weakening. However, heavy rains will continue to batter Florida and southern Georgia.

12:45 a.m. Tuesday EDT: 20.10 inches of rain has fallen over the last 24 hours in Sanborn, Fla.

Midnight Tuesday EDT: Doppler radar is indicating wind gusts to near 60 mph are occurring along the coast and inland from Apalachicola to the western Big Bend of Florida.

9:30 p.m. Monday EDT: Emergency management officials have issued a voluntary evacuation notice for residents in low-lying areas of Wakulla County, Fla., an area battered by flooding.

8:00 p.m. Monday EDT: Unconfirmed report of a brief funnel cloud in Lake County, Fla.

7:55 p.m. Monday EDT: Storm total of 11.50 inches of rain in Monticello (Jefferson County), Fla.

6:54 p.m. Monday EDT: 16.26 inches of rain has fallen since midnight in parts of Wakulla County, Fla.

6:02 p.m. Monday EDT: 10 inches of rain has fallen in Woodville (Leon County), Fla. since 1 p.m. today.

5:00 p.m. Monday EDT: Thunderstorm wind gusts measured up to 56 mph in Brevard County, Florida.

2:00 p.m. Monday EDT: The top 72-hour rainfall totals include 12.24" in Hernando County, 10.34" in St. Petersburg and 9.97" in Tampa, Fla.

12:12 p.m. Monday EDT: Water is beginning to approach low-lying homes in eastern and central Wakulla County, Fla.

12:12 p.m. Monday EDT: Knee-deep water reported near Sochoppy, Fla.

12:48 p.m. Monday EDT: According to CNN, the governor of Florida declares a state of emergency due to the severe impact of Debby.

12:00 p.m. Monday EDT: "Winds on radar continue to come down. I expect we will have a depression by the end of the day if not Tuesday AM," Expert Meteorologist Henry Margusity said. In addition, as a storm moves slowly or stays nearly stationary-as Debby is-upwelling occurs. This means cooler water is pulled to the surface of the ocean. Since tropical systems are fueled by warm water, upwelling can lead to weakening.

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This NOAA satellite image of Debby was taken Wednesday morning.

Thumbnail image tweeted by Chuck B.

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