June 27, 2012

TS Debby

SDP  6-27-12
We've been enduring Tropical Storm Debby in Sarasota for several days now. I actually thought I was going to miss it because I was near Orlando this weekend when the rain started.  Little did any of us know, Debby was going to stall in the Gulf of Mexico and then slowly crawl her way up and over the state dumping massive amounts of rain.  The rainfall totals are breaking records.  So far, Sarasota has received 9 inches of rain from Debby.  (Tampa received nearly 12 inches just on Sunday).  Besides all the rain, the wind has been fairly steady at 23 MPH.  But, the good news is...the flooding has been minimal so far and confined to low lying areas.  Of course, there are down trees and electrical outages, but fortunately, my power has been on the entire time.  About a dozen boats in Sarasota Bay lost their moorings and crashed ashore, including this one pictured. (Believe it or not, the sun had been shining just minutes before I took this picture -- that's how quickly the feeder bands roll in.) We're expected to feel the effects of Debby at least for the next day, maybe two.  Once the Gulf of Mexico settles down we'll see how the beaches faired.  While this is the hardest Sarasota has been hit in many years, it's nothing compared to Hernando and Pasco Counties, north of Tampa, where they are overwhelmed with high flood waters and mandatory evacuations.

11 comments:

Kathy said...

Lots of pictures on last night's news. Those poor folks who got 25 inches of rain! My goodness!

Ernie said...

Ouch!

Lowell said...

Isn't this fun? Not!

Looks like it's over for us. Debby hit land and headed northeast and our skies are clearing...supposed to be mostly sunny tomorrow. We got over 10 inches too which opened up some sinkholes but other than that and a little flooding, we're OK in Ocala.

Valladolid Daily Photo said...

This picture looks dramatic. I hope you and yours all save.

Steven said...

Wow. Never say the phrase "just a tropical storm." They've done their fair share of damage even here in central Texas. Stay safe and dry!

We are: clamco said...

I saw video on the news where Bayshore Blvd in Tampa is underwater. I stayed in that downtown area twice and loved it, especially Harbour Island. I wish I could live there, but those pictures make me think twice about it.

Jim Klenke said...

ive been watching this on the news, shame you cant send some to colorado.

Halcyon said...

That's a lot of water. Wish you could send some up here. Stay safe!

Jocie Z ROCK said...

What a shot!!

Jack said...

A nice image that you and I both wish you did not have the opportunity to take. Stay dry, my friend.

Ali Crehan said...

Dramatic image. Stay safe and dry!