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.
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!
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.
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.