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Tropical Storm Debby forms in the Gulf of Mexico

FEMA provides an update on the development of Tropical Storm Debby in the Gulf of Mexico and encourages everyone to take the time to prepare.

Ed. Note: This is cross-posted from the FEMA blog.

Today’s 5:00 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center has officially marked the development of Tropical Storm Debby in the Gulf of Mexico with estimated 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 prepared 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 uncertainty 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 prepared. With the formation of Debby in the Gulf (and due to the uncertain track) we strongly encourage 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 unsure about where to start, visit today to learn how to make an emergency plan and how to create a family emergency kit.

Staying up to date with the latest 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:

We'll continue to post updates (as they are needed) here on the blog, and on Twitter and Facebook.