Tim Hawks, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Columbia, said Debby, which is now off the coast of Florida, had originally been moving west. Now the storm is headed north, and might end up in parts of Alabama and Georgia.
Late Sunday, the weather service’s forecast map showed the center of the storm 100 miles south-southwest of Apalachicola, Fla., and likely to meander northward for several days before making landfall. Debby’s top sustained winds were at about 60 mph. The storm was moving toward the northeast at 3 mph.
“The storm is moving very slowly,” Hawks said. “It is still offshore on Wednesday.”
The weather service’s forecast for Augusta shows a chance of thunderstorms today and Tuesday. Parts of Florida and southeast Georgia could receive 5 to 10 inches of rain, with some areas getting as much as 20.
Forecasters discontinued a tropical storm warning for Louisiana after models indicated Debby was less likely to make a westward turn than initially predicted. Coastal Alabama and parts of Florida, including the Panhandle, remained under tropical storm warnings.
At least one death in Florida was blamed on a tornado spawned by the storm, while a man went missing Sunday in the Gulf at Orange Beach in Alabama.