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Tropical storm Debby hits Florida

28 June 2012 09:37

Rains from Tropical Storm Debby floods streets in Florida (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Rains from Tropical Storm Debby floods streets in Florida (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Florida is braced for tornadoes and floods after meteorologists warned a tropical storm will hit the region.

Downpours of up to 10 to 15 inches of rain is expected in some parts of the American state, with a few experiencing as much as 25 inches, according to the US National Hurricane Centre. Its forecast models showed Tropical Storm Debby would sweep slowly across the area towards the Gulf Coast in the next few days.

Southern parts of Georgia and South Carolina can also expect steady rain, while the eastern Panhandle as well as western and central regions of Florida and southern Georgia might see tornadoes, meteorologists said.

Forecasters added the storm's maximum sustained winds dropped to 45 mph from 50 mph, but they expect its strength to remain similar as the week goes on. It is hoped that holidaymakers in Florida are equipped with travel insurance in case they face disruptions to their journeys due to the bad weather.

It is estimated that the storm was focused 75 miles to the south of Apalachicola, Florida and is the first named of this year to travel into the Gulf of Mexico.