VIDEO: Florida storm now a tropical depression

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hurricane0627Tropical Storm Debby was downgraded to a tropical depression Tuesday and the weather system will move away from Florida today, with winds dying down and seas finally subsiding.

The storm persisted for three days as it crawled over the Gulf of Mexico, dumping massive amounts of rain and causing flooding. The winds and high water also led to boats sinking and moored vessels being ripped from their anchorages and washed up on shore.

Click play to watch a “Florida farewell” to Debby.

Seas in the Gulf decreased Tuesday from 6 to 10 feet to 5 to 7 feet from the Florida Panhandle to Naples and should subside to 2 to 4 feet with winds dying down to 15 knots as the day progresses, according to NOAA.

Debby was 25 miles southeast of St. Augustine and moving east-northeast at about 10 mph this morning, according to the National Hurricane Center. Forecasters expected the system to head out into the Atlantic later in the day.

“We can finally get things back to normal,” said Sam Chavers, the harbormaster at Marina Jack in Sarasota, which has a 316-slip marina and 25 transient slips. “No one thought it would linger for so long.”

Chris Landry

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