VIDEO: Tropical storm leaves boat damage in its wake

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hurricane30627Driving winds and persistent rain continued to pound the Gulf Coast Tuesday as Tropical Storm Debby plodded its way to the northeast.

The weak but persistent storm has flooded some recreational boats and ripped others from their moorings and left them on the shoreline. In Sarasota, Fla., sailboats and powerboats began to pile up just south of Marina Jack on Sarasota Bay. Forecasters say it will take Debby two more days to finish its slog across the Sunshine State.

Click play to view some of the damage.

A tropical storm warning remained in effect Tuesday morning for portions of Florida’s west coast and the Gulf of Mexico. A flood watch is also in effect. At 6 a.m., the center of the storm was about 90 miles west of Cedar Key, Fla., or about 140 miles northwest of the Tampa Bay, and moving at only 3 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. According to NOAA’s marine forecast for the coastal waters off Tampa Bay, winds were out of the south at 30 to 35 knots with gusts to about 50 knots and seas of 6 to 10 feet.

Debby was the first tropical storm of 2012 to form in the Gulf of Mexico. At least one person was killed Sunday by a tornado spun off by the large storm system.

Chris Landry

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