by Staff Writers
Miami (AFP) June 24, 2012
The US Gulf Coast braced Sunday for a hit from Tropical Storm Debby, as it pounded parts of the coast with strong winds and heavy rain, forecasters said.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency urged Gulf Coast residents to be prepared and monitor Debby's progress, amid a tropical storm warning in effect for the Mississippi-Alabama border eastward to the Suwannee River in Florida, as well as for parts of the Louisiana coast.
"History has taught us that storm tracks can change quickly and unexpectedly and people are urged to stay informed and monitor storm conditions," FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said in a statement.
The Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Debby was located about 200 miles (322 kilometers) east-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River.
Its top sustained winds had increased to 60 miles (96 kilometers) per hour as the storm moved toward the northeast at five miles (eight kilometers) per hour.
Although the storm's track was uncertain, officials urged Gulf Coast residents across a broad area -- from Texas to Florida -- to remain on alert.
The NHC's official forecast predicted Debby would strengthen to a category one hurricane on the five-point Saffir-Simpson scale before making landfall on Louisiana's coast.
It said tropical storm conditions were already affecting portions of the northeastern Gulf Coast, "making outside preparations difficult or dangerous."
Isolated tornadoes were also possible over portions of the west-central and southwestern Florida peninsula later Sunday.
"The combination of a storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters," the NHC said, predicting a storm surge of up to three feet (almost a meter) in some areas.
Debby was expected to dump up to 15 inches (38 centimeters) in isolated areas.
"Given the recent heavy rainfall and wet soil conditions, these additional amounts will exacerbate the threat of flooding across portions of northern Florida and southern Alabama," the center warned.
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
When the Earth Quakes
A world of storm and tempest
Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.
Chris becomes season's first Atlantic hurricane
Washington (AFP) June 21, 2012
Chris has strengthened to become the first Atlantic hurricane of 2012, but is way off the coast of Canada's Newfoundland and posing no threat to land, US experts said Thursday. The Miami-based National Hurricane Center said the storm's top winds had jumped to 75 miles (120 kilometers) per hour, making it a category one hurricane on the five-point Saffir-Simpson scale. Chris was located i ... read more
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2012 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement|