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.
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.
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.