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Flooding closes part of I-10

The Florida Highway Patrol says additional sections of Interstate 10 could be closed at any time because of flooding from Tropical Storm Debby.   This picture was taken by FHP Captain Keith Gaston one mile east of U.S. 41, from the westbound lane looking at the eastbound lane.

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Debby brings major flooding to Panhandle

Tuesday morning Debby began drifting eastward, after spending all of Monday parked off the coast of Apalachicola and bringing heavy rainfall across the Florida Panhandle as far east as Suwannee County.  Wakulla County received more than a foot of rain Monday afternoon, and Tuesday morning brought a report of 3 …

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Governor gives official press briefing on Tropical Storm Debby

Florida Public Radio Florida Governor Rick Scott says the state of Florida is in a level 1 state of emergency.  The governor and Emergency Management Director Bryan Koon held a media briefing earlier today.  Here are some of the highlights: [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPGovernorbriefing.mp3]

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Cedar Key businesses brace for more rain and wind from Debby

Tropical Storm Debby has surprised many with its unpredictable path as it now hovers over the Gulf of Mexico. Rainfall amounts of 5 plus inches today and tonight may lead to continued flooding for many areas of the state. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Stephanie Denardo reports how one small coastal town has …

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Tornado damages homes in Polk County

A tornado and a water spout caused damage to several homes in Polk County yesterday afternoon as a result of the storm system of Tropical Storm Debby.  The neighborhood affected the most was the Renaissance area.  Residents saw the water spout along Country Club Road which is an area surrounded by …

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Heavy rains overnight cause some minor damage in Micanopy area

Micanopy, like many other North Central Florida communities, experienced heavy rain throughout the night.  The storm conditions brought down a few trees on county highways.  The rain also caused the collapse of a roof on an unoccupied building at the intersection of U.S. 441 and CR 234.  A few hundred …

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Bradford county surveys Debby damage

Bradford County is not a coastal county–but that hasn’t kept it immune from the impact of Tropical Storm Debby.  WUFT-FM’s Forrest Smith talked with Bradford Emergency Management Spokesman Michael Heeder about some flooding problems in the area, especially around certain lakes. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/06/HEEDERFORWEB.mp3] Heeder says people need to remember that as …

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Local flooding widespread across Florida

With Tropical Storm Debby hovering in the Gulf, large portions of Florida are seeing heavy rainfall.  The National Hurricane Center predicts total rainfall over several days could be 10-15 inches over the eastern Panhandle and northern Florida, with isolated amounts of up to 25 inches.  In this video (courtesy WFLA-TV) …

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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. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/06/CASSIDYFORWEB.mp3] Cassidy says it’s important to remember it could …

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