The National Hurricane Center downgraded once tropical storm Debby to a post-tropical cyclone this evening, as the multi-day deluge over the Florida peninsula drew to a close. Since the weekend, the storm produced unthinkable amounts of rain, exceeding two feet in some areas, and tremendous flooding.
Consider just a few of the rainfall records established in the “Sunshine State”:
* Gainesville recorded its second highest 3-day rainfall receiving 16.34” through Tuesday
* Jacksonville recorded its largest 2-day rainfall, receiving 12.56” through Tuesday
* Tampa set a new monthly June rainfall record, with 18.66” through today, besting the 18.52” total set in 1945
In terms of flooding, here are a few excerpts describing the impacts from an Associated Press report:
*More than 100 homes and businesses were flooded and officials warned the waters may not recede until next week in some places.
* In Live Oak, a small city in northern Florida, water was up to the roofs of some homes and cars were submerged.
* In Crawfordville, a small town located in the crook of Florida’s elbow just south of Tallahassee, main roads were impassable.
Flood waters may take days to recede - so the clean-up effort is expected to continue well into next week.
(Debby is forecast to continue moving out to sea, and there is just a slight chance it will re-develop tropical characteristics over the open ocean.)
Here are some photos offering a glimpse of what many Floridians are having to contend with....