Debby Changes Track, Stays Close to Florida
Forecast to hit panhandle on Thursday, disrupting oil production
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2012 1:29 AM CDT
Updated Jun 25, 2012 2:30 AM CDT
High winds, high tide strike at the main street of Cedar Key, Fla., as Tropical Storm Debby makes it's way across the Gulf of Mexico early yesterday.   (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)
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(Newser) – Tropical Storm Debby slowly closed in on Florida last night, leaving one person dead in tornadoes spawned by its winds, and one man missing and presumed drowned at an Alabama beach, reports Reuters. The National Hurricane Center reported significant changes for Debby's predicted path. No longer expected to grow to hurricane strength and head west, Debby is now scheduled to make landfall on the Florida panhandle on Thursday, where it could dump up to 15 inches of rain. The storm has already shut down close to a quarter of Gulf oil and gas production, and that could grow worse as Debby moves into some of the most oil-prolific parts of the region.

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