FLORIDA/GEORGIA (CNN) – Tropical Storm Debby is weakening, but the news is little comfort to people who’ve been trapped under “the storm that just won’t go away.” Stacey Cohan has a wrap up of Debby’s Damage.
“The water was up this high”
Tampa resident Joe Graddy’s stuff is quite simply soaked. Tropical storm Debby stubbornly lingers over much of northern Florida dumping seemingly endless amounts of rain more than 25 inches already in some places.
This gas station worker just can’t keep up with the cleanup.
“It’s terrible. I mean, the water has no place to go, so it keeps staying here. None of the culverts, it just doesn’t drain like it’s supposed to.”
Over in Pasco County a mandatory evacuation order. Over two thousand homes have been evacuated already. Authorities will travel by road where they can, and by boat where they must, to get the word out. The river there is already six feet above flood stage.
Elsewhere in the state, Debby has forced thousands more evacuations and has claimed at least one life. And the deluge isn’t over. Forecasters predict another 4-to-8 inches could hit northern Florida as Debby plods on toward the Atlantic.
The national weather service in Tallahassee issued a emergency message warning residents to stay off the road. Police are turning cars away from flooded areas and much of the region is without power.
“I was kind of panicking because the water came up over the wall where I live.”
How does the saying go? “You can’t fight mother nature.” For residents of north Florida, this fight is one that may continue for a couple of more days.
In Washington, I’m Stacey Cohan.