Many North Central Florida counties are under a tornado watch until 5 a.m. Monday because of Tropical Storm Debby. Throughout Sunday heavy rains caused trouble spots on Interstate 75. The Florida highway Patrol stayed busy working a variety of weather-related accidents. Marion County highway patrol dispatcher Mike Hancock describes what problems the heavy rain is causing.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Handcock1.mp3]
Hancock says the rain is weakening the soil around trees near the interstate.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Handcock2.mp3]
Hancock recommends motorists use caution while driving and expect water to be on the highways especially in Alachua County.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Handcock3.mp3]
Conditions are expected to worsen over the next 24 hours as Tropical Storm Debby continues to move closer to landfall.