The fourth tropical storm of the season Debby formed in the Gulf of Mexico this afternoon. Hurricane hunter aircraft found several small circulations within a broader area of low pressure. There were several wind gusts over 39 mph which is why Debby was declared. The maximum winds are 50 mph and Debby's winds would have to grow to 75 mph for it to become a hurricane. The system remains lopsided, which is why it may take a while for Debby to strengthen. It is moving very slowly to the north and by late Sunday, it should begin to push westward toward the Texas coast. While the current forecast does not bring Debby to hurricane strength, Houston will likely feel an impact in the way of wind and rain by the middle of the week.
Keep in mind that this is an early track and that it will change. Throughout the past week, we've been saying that there were two scenarios, one taking the storm toward Florida and the other pushing it toward Texas. The majority of computer models have switched to the latter. This is due to the ridge of high pressure keeping us hot this weekend retreating. That would give Debby the chance to move toward Texas. However, this is NOT a guarantee. So what should you do? Do what I did this weekend - take an inventory of what you have to get through a storm. Also, stay up to date with what's happening. The KHOU Weather team is tracking the storm and passing along the latest positions and tracks.