A new path for Tropical Storm Debby could cause trouble here at home by the weekend, according to some forecasts.
A 10 a.m. report indicates that most models now show the storm, which is currently lingering in the Gulf of Mexico, will move east across Florida into the Atlantic, according to a report issued this morning by the National Hurricane Center.
"Models depict an amplifying trough off shore the eastern seaboard causing Debby to move generally eastward through the forecast period with the center emerging over the southwest Atlantic by Day 5," a forecaster wrote.
The good news is that Debby will impact Florida's west coast in a much weakened state. The bad news is that the 200-mile-wide storm could make its slow crawl to the Atlantic over South Georgia and coastal South Carolina by Saturday, according to Weather Channel graphics.
The National Hurricane Center has lifted its Tropical Storm Warning for parts of Alabama and shifted the warning to residents from Destin to Englewood, Fla.
The storm spans a massive 230 miles, and some systems associated with Debby have been noticed in South Georgia and in the South Carolina Lowcountry.
Locally today, 1 to 2 inches of rain is possible. In direct line of the storm, as much as 20 inches of rain is expected, according to the National Hurricane Center.