Sunday, July 1, 2012

Tropical Storm Debby Breaks Record In 2012 With Early Debut


Tropical Storm Debby missed the Florida Orlando Mission bringing a little over four inches of rain. All our missionaries were safe with no issues. We were very concerned about our friends in the Jacksonville Mission as they received twenty-five inches of rain and flooding conditions.

Tropical Storm Debby, is the fourth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane 2012 season, which set a record —marks the first time in more than 150 years that so many storms have showed up so early.

"This is first time four tropical storms have developed in the Atlantic basin before July 1.

Tropical Storm Debby roared to life over the Gulf of Mexico and attained tropical storm status late in the afternoon on Saturday, June 23.

The first named storm of the season, Tropical Storm Alberto, appeared on May 19, the earliest debut for a named storm since 2003; Tropical Storm Beryl and Hurricane Chris followed.

Storms are christened only once they reach tropical storm strength — meaning organized, rotating storms with maximum wind speeds of at least 39 mph.

Tropical Storm Debby lashed Florida with punishing rains, and produced dangerous storm surges between 4 and 7 feet along the state's panhandle. The storm spawned 20 reported tornadoes.

Debby remained parked over the Gulf of Mexico, with much of the severe weather hitting to the east of the center of the storm, Tampa and Jacksonville.

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