The slow-moving storm remains fairly lopsided this afternoon. Upper level winds have been keeping the thunderstorms on the eastern side from wrapping up on the western side. Debby has been pounding the Sunshine State with rain on the order of 5 to 10 inches and there continues to be the threat of waterspouts and tornadoes. Tropical storm force gusts have been reported as well and waves as high as 10 feet have been crashing onto the Emerald Coast.
Yesterday, the consensus of computer models that the National Hurricane Center seemed in fairly high agreement that the ridge of high pressure keeping us hot would drift over Arkansas and that would allow Debby to strengthen and move toward Texas. Instead, what appears to be a more likely scenario is that a trough of low pressure in the Ohio Valley will dip far south enough to nudge Debby toward a Florida landfall sometime Thursday.
So what should we do in Texas? Keep watching, because while the new forecast is good news for us, it is now a guarantee that we're "in the clear". But it sure is looking a lot better. The next model update comes out at 10 pm, just before I go on the news, so be sure to watch KHOU 11 tonight for the very latest.