Tropical Storm Debby spawns tornadoes, flooding in Tampa Bay region

06/25/12 Seán Kinane
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West Central Florida remains under a Tropical Storm Warning and Tornado Watch as Tropical Storm Debby hovers in the Gulf of Mexico. It continues to produce bands of strong storms like the ones that spawned tornadoes and flooding yesterday in the Tampa Bay region. This morning Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said residents should still be careful of flooded roads.

State authorities say that approximately 35,000 customers are without power due to Tropical Storm Debby. There were other tornado reports in the area as well. Tampa City Council member Lisa Montelione represents the northern part of the City and said flooding continues there.

There has been one fatality - a woman was found dead inside a house in Highlands County that was destroyed as Tropical Storm Debby inundated some areas with rain. The latest projections for Debby are for the storm to slowly head toward the northern end of the Florida Peninsula, making landfall Thursday morning in the Big Bend area.

Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency.

Florida State of Emergency order for Tropical Storm Debby

information from the Associated Press was used in this report

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