State College, Pa. -- 25 June 2012 -- AccuWeather.com reports rain from Debby is reaching some drought-stricken areas of the Southeast U.S.
Debby has delivered over a foot of rain to some areas in Florida thus far. Hernando County Airport, located north of Tampa and southwest of Ocala, Fla., has received 12.16 inches of rain as of noon Monday, June 25, 2012, from the storm.
Prior to Debby's arrival, central and northern Florida drought issues ranged from abnormally dry to extreme drought.
Some rain reached into southwestern Georgia and southeastern Alabama as well. Both areas were experiencing exceptional drought conditions as of late last week.
As Debby moves slowly to the east-northeast across the Florida Peninsula this week and/or redevelops along the Atlantic coast of Florida, additional rain will fall through the end of the week.
The bulk of the rain from Debby will continue to fall over central and northern Florida moving forward, but there are hopes that additional rain will continue to reach into more of Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina, in the form of slow-moving, drenching thunderstorms.
The area from the Florida Peninsula to the South mainland is home to many vegetable crops as well as citrus, peanuts and many pasture lands for cattle.
Unfortunately, rain is not reaching all of the hard-hit drought areas and is bringing way too much rain all at once for drainage systems to handle in some areas.
By Alex Sosnowski, Expert Senior Meteorologist for AccuWeather.com