Not-so-little Debby will continue to bash much of Florida over the next several days with severe weather, rough surf and locally heavy rainfall.
Residents and vacationers in Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville and other large cities and smaller communities in Florida should continue to monitor Debby and the potential of severe weather this week.
While the intensity of the overall system is past peak for the next couple of days, the slow-moving system it is far from done in terms of damaging, dangerous and positive impacts covering thousands of square miles.
Debby could slip below tropical storm status, but there also the potential for a rebound later.
Regardless of Debby's path and intensity, the system will retain enough strength and circulation to produce additional rounds of powerful thunderstorms. As a result, there is a continued risk of damaging wind gusts and isolated tornadoes.
According to Severe Weather Expert Henry Margusity, "Dry air mixing in aloft, combined with wind shear and low-level tropical moisture, will continue to favor the formation of thunderstorms with tornadoes and straight-line wind gusts through Wednesday."
As new clusters or lines of thunderstorms form with the stream of tropical moisture over the region, additional torrential rainfall is forecast at the local level.
An additional half a foot of rain or more could fall on some locations of Florida.
"The situation is still potent in terms of the risks for lowland and urban flooding," Margusity added.
While the drought had already turned around in portions of the state and neighboring Georgia in recent weeks, any non-flooding rain will continued to be welcomed by agricultural and aquifer interests.
While waves were waning with the weakening system, offshore seas will still be rough for fishing interests, and rip currents can still be strong and numerous on area beaches this week.
A fetch of from the Gulf will continue to plow into the west coast of Florida the next couple of days, creating above normal tides and rough surf.
AccuWeather.com meteorologists will continue to monitor the system over the Gulf of Mexico, drift across the Florida Peninsula or redevelopment along the Atlantic coast of Florida in the coming days.
Lifeguards along the East and Gulf coasts are preparing to deal with one of the greatest beach dangers: rip currents.
A dangerous and life-threatening flooding situation will continue into Memorial Day, across portions of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas and Missouri.
Showers and thunderstorms threaten to interfere with Memorial Day festivities across more than half of the United States.
Many areas in the Eastern states will have consistent summerlike heat and a buildup of humidity for the last week of May.
Severe thunderstorms will rumble across the southern Plains on Monday, impacting similar areas that were hit earlier in the holiday weekend.
People heading to the Southeast coast for a dip in the Atlantic Ocean this Memorial Day holiday weekend are being put on alert for dangerous rip currents.
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