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Posted at 07:11 PM ET, 06/27/2012

Tropical storm Debby is gone, but damage is done (PHOTOS)


Visualization of total rainfall from tropical storm Debby (NOAA)
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

Link: Debby rainfall totals around Jacksonville

* 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....


Gordon McClain, right, and friend Kenny Stoudemire walk away from his flooded home in Live Oak Fla., Wednesday, June 27, 2012. (Dave Martin - AP)


Tarra Piet, right, is embraced by her cousin Kursty Setty as they stand in Piet's fathers' flooded pet store Live Oak Fla., Wednesday, June 27, 2012. (Dave Martin - AP)


Television correspondent Steve Harrigan walks through floodwaters in Live Oak Fla., Wednesday, June 27, 2012. Dozens of homes and much of the downtown area was flooded by torrential rains from Tropical Storm Debby. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) (Dave Martin - AP)


Standing water on Dodacanese Blvd. along the sponge docks is seen in Tarpon Springs, Fla., from Tropical Storm Debby, Tuesday, June 26, 2012. (Jim Damaske - AP)

Hector Aviles, 30, of Spring Hill, Fla. shoots video of the sinkhole in Spring Hill Tuesday, June 26, 2012. (Will Vragovic - AP)

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