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Kentucky Color - Eye of Debby

The story of a Florida vacation dominated by Debby. It was, he says, his first tropical storm experience - and he hopes it's the last
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By Billy Joe Fudge, Retired District Forester
Kentucky Division of Forestry

Libby and I decided to take our vacation last week in spite of the fact that tropical storm, Debby was slow dancing in the Northeastern Gulf of Mexico. After all we were staying at St. Augustine way over on the Atlantic Coast so what harm could she do to our vacation?


We hit rain on I-10 about halfway between I-75 and Jacksonville on Saturday afternoon, June 23rd and did not see any blue skies until the middle of Wednesday afternoon. Some areas of Northern Florida received as much as 30 inches of rain. When we were leaving out last Saturday, June 30th we saw irrigation equipment in the middle of corn fields standing in 4 feet of water.

Wednesday morning about 1:00, the winds of Debby began to blow. They were only 35 mph. but Debby continued to blow without catching her breath for about 14 hours. She passed right over top of us during the night. We were sure happy to see the light shining down through the backside of Debby's eye and by 7:00 in the morning her center of circulation was already 30 or more miles off shore.

Our first tropical storm is what we surely hope will be our last one. After watching it rain for four days and listening to a 35 mph wind howl for half the night and almost all day, we could not imagine the horror of being in a full-fledged hurricane.

The moral of the story is: Never go dancing with a one-eyed woman named Debby. - Billy Joe Fudge


This story was posted on 2012-07-06 03:33:39
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Kentucky Color: Eye of Debby



2012-07-06 - Jacksonville, Florida - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge. Eye of Debby: Our first tropical storm is what we surely hope will be our last one. After watching it rain for four days and listening to a 35 mph wind howl for half the night and almost all day, we could not imagine the horror of being in a full-fledged hurricane. - - Billy Joe Fudge
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