The hurricane hunters are busy gathering vital information on the tropical disturbance in the Gulf and so far have found pressure levels down to 1002mb. Flight level winds have been below tropical storm strength, but buoy data in thunderstorms East of the developing circulation have been at over 40mph.
According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), if the hunters are able to find a well defined circulation center then advisories for Tropical Storm Debby will be initiated.
There is also a possibility that watches and warnings will be required, since the circulation center is less than 300 miles from the mouth of the Mississippi river.
Heavy rain has already made its way towards the Southwestern beaches of Florida with as much as 2" to 4" expected today. Dangerous rip tides and high surf will also be a problem on this the first weekend of summer for this popular vacation site.
Since the chances for tropical cyclone formation are very high today, please stay tuned for continued updates on what will likely be Tropical Storm Debby this afternoon. Also check KHOU.com's Hurricane Central for the latest statistics and tracking maps.