Advisory from the National Hurricane Center has formally marked the development of Tropical Storm Debby in the Gulf of Mexico with predictable winds speed of 50 MPH and moving slowly in a northerly direction. We’re continuing to monitor the weather situation in the tropics through our regional offices in both Atlanta, Ga., and Denton, Texas, and here at headquarters. We are equipped to support our state, local, tribal and territorial partners as necessary.
The storm is located 220 miles South-Southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River, and a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Coast of Louisiana from the mouth of the Pearl River westward to Morgan City.
Since there is some indecision in the storm’s speed and motion we urge all residents of the Gulf Coast to pay close attention to weather developments over the next several days – especially those living along the northern Gulf Coast.
You will always hear us at FEMA talk about the need to be organized. With the formation of Debby in the Gulf (and due to the uncertain track) we strongly persuade you to take the time to prepare your family, home or business to lessen the impact of a tropical storm or hurricane. If you’re uncertain about where to start, visit Ready.gov/hurricanes today to learn how to make an emergency plan and how to create a family emergency kit.
Staying up to date with the newest tropical forecast information over the weekend and into early next week (as well as during all of hurricane season) is easy. Here is how you can get the latest from the National Hurricane Center: