Dixie county surveys Debby situation
Coastal Dixie County remains in the tropical storm warning area of Tropical Storm Debby. This morning WUFT-FM’s Forrest Smith talked with Dixie County Manager Mike Cassidy about conditions in the county and how some of the coastal communities have been faring.
Cassidy says it’s important to remember it could be Wednesday or Thursday before Tropical Storm Debby is no longer a threat. You can keep up with the latest on Debby by checking the forecast of University of Florida meteorologist Jeff Huffman at www.gatorweather.com
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