Tropical Storm Debby-A Wild Sunday in New Port Richey-FL-Not the First

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Tropical Storm Debby - A Wild Sunday in New Port Richey-FL-Not The First


We experienced Tropical Storm Debby on Sunday (and she’s not finished with us yet). Debby decided to stay awhile.The last time a storm hung around for any length of time was over Labor Day weekend in 1985; she was known as Hurricane Elena.

Hurricane Elena

Elena was a Cat 3 storm that formed Aug 28 and dissipated over land Sept. 4. She sat out in the Gulf of Mexico about 100 or so miles off-shore of the west coast of Florida - in other words: our area. It rained for 3 days straight, winds were high and very damaging to areas just northeast of Tampa and our coastal area.

Usually, Hurricane names are retired if they caused casualties, but the name Elena will  never be used again for an Atlantic hurricane; it was retired in 1986. Elena was the only Atlantic storm name retired that did not cause any direct casualties.

Her meandering path caused the evacuation twice of coastal areas. Half a million people evacuated from the Pan Handle, came home when she took aim at us in the central coastal area, then had to evacuate again when she turned north again.

Elena image courtesy of NOAA and Wiki.

Tropical Storm Debby (and t-storms can be as bad as; or worse than hurricanes because they tend to move slower-causing more damage along the way) poured so much water down on us. I couldn't believe how much and how long it lasted. It rained Saturday night, Sunday all day and evening, overnight into Monday. Not just a normal soft rain but torrential rains that you couldn't see through. Now, we've been told that instead of going north, Debby has decided to cross Florida so we will have several more days of storms and wind. Sounds familiar!

Tropical Storm Debby

I live on a golf course that has a little branch of the Pithlachascotee River next to it; normally just a creek. This is what is looked like this morning on the 3rd fairway.

Tropical Storm Debby

That's my house; our pond turned into a major lake. It has risen since then because of high tides which cause the rivers to rise also.

We had some sunshine today and that's always a good sign. And, it only happens once every 27 years or so.



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Andrew Capelli
Hoover Elementary - Hazel Park, MI

Toni: That's some interesting trivia about tropical storms.  Thanks for sharing, and good luck with the adverse weather!

Jun 25, 2012 06:20 AM #3
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Tim - yes, the winds aren't that bad.

Cindy - so far, so good! Sorry to hear about your brother's damages.

Andrew - thank you. I experienced Elena and it was very wet and windy so we basically stayed in for 3-4 days. My son was 3 at the time--not a good age for 3 days inside :)

Jun 25, 2012 06:23 AM #4
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Tropical Storm Debby - A Wild Sunday in New Port Richey-FL-Not The First Toni - Hope the flooding stays down in your area! Dreaming of just a good soaking here in the high desert which would be 1/4 of an inch. That's why you live in the beautiful lush lands and we live in the red-rock, sandy lands :) Stay safe my friend.

Jun 25, 2012 06:52 AM #5
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

Toni  I certainly hope the current weather report about Debby is wrong and the storm moves awat from the US in a hurry

Jun 25, 2012 07:08 AM #6
Frank Laisch
Orlando, FL
"The Insurance Guy"

It looks like we are going to get more rain and tornado warnings for the next few days... I hope you stay dry :)


Jun 25, 2012 07:37 AM #7
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Karen - I hope so too. It has just gotten really windy again.

You too, Frank. Stay safe.

Jun 25, 2012 07:40 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


That is quite the picture, and thanks for letting us know what the results of all that rain is.  I know the kinds of rain you are talking about, when you cannot see a thing...we had one of those downpours as we were heading back to DC.  We are sending you sunshine, 75 degree weather and light winds your way...and tell Debby to go away somewhere where she cannot do damage to anyone...Hope your larder is full and you don't have to go anywhere.  A

Jun 25, 2012 08:34 AM #9
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Oh my gosh, Toni!  Stay safe!

Jun 25, 2012 10:08 AM #10
Kwee Huset
Kwee Huset Realty - Venice, FL
Venice Florida Homes For Sale

Toni, it was raining  and windy all day yesterday and today in Venice. No power and telephone  today it came back on about 4:00pm this afternoon. Take care.

Jun 25, 2012 10:20 AM #11
Leslie G. Rojohn
MoonDancer Realty - Sylva, NC
GRI, ABR ~ MoonDancer Realty

Yeah, Toni, it's a mess.  Mona's mom lives in Port Charlotte and she says that the Sunshine Skyway Bridge has been closed due to the high winds.  Her dock is under water, and she is crazed from all the rain.  Good luck.

Jun 25, 2012 11:05 AM #12
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Toni I thought of you when I heard this on the news....hope your house doesn't get flooded.

Jun 25, 2012 12:16 PM #13
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy and evening Toni

Toni my friend, I sure hope that Debby gets bored with hanging around Florida, and moves on to go elsewhere. I sure do hope y'all and your home stays safe. We had some mighty bad storms come through our area today.

  Have a good one

Dale in New Hampshire

Jun 25, 2012 02:09 PM #14
Emily Medvec Qualifying Broker
Hello Realty - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Toni, I was thinking about you this morning when I saw the network news stories. I just now had a moment to check in and see if you are aok. Your positive spirit will keep you safe. We could just 1/10 of your rain here. Keep us posted!

Jun 25, 2012 02:30 PM #15
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Toni, it looks like there are some new water hazards on the golf course.

Hope all is well with you.

Jun 25, 2012 05:05 PM #16
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Good Morning, everyone. It rained all night and was very windy. It's gloomy, windy and gray today but the water is receding off the golf course. The river overflowed in several other areas and closed roads. Our home was never under a flood threat-we are high and dry.

Debby continues to vacation in Florida and is just sitting out there; but doesn't seem as furious as on Sunday. Thank you all for your concern.

Jun 25, 2012 09:28 PM #17
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Alexandra - we have an inspection scheduled for today :)

Thanks, Wayne and Jean.

Kwee - hope you are okay in Venice.

Leslie - sorry to hear about your mom's dock.

Rebecca - thank you for thinking of us. Our home isn't likely to get flooded but lots of other areas have.

Dale - the storms are all over; it's too bad we can't send some of the rains to CO and Utah.

Emily - thank you! Have a wonderful day.

Tom - you're right and it's a big one.

Jun 25, 2012 09:40 PM #18
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good reminder that all of us need to be prepared for natural emergencies.

Have an outstanding week with your camera in hand.

Jun 25, 2012 10:40 PM #19
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Toni, We heard from relatives in Boca and Boynton Beach how bad it was by them too. Overflooding of pools seemed to be the norm. Glad that you are high and dry!

Jun 25, 2012 10:49 PM #20
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I hope you stay dry and OK from everything..mother nature can be tough!  Take care and keep us all updated!

Jun 25, 2012 11:40 PM #21
William True
True Sarasota Real Estate - Sarasota, FL
Sarasota Real Estate

Yes, we're overwhelmed with water and wind down here as well --- stay safe and dry, Toni!

Jun 26, 2012 02:43 AM #22
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