Debby could head up coast, models show

Tropical Storm Debby could be off the coast of North Carolina by Sunday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center's latest forecasts.

The center's five-day outlook places the storm about halfway between the Outer Banks and Bermuda by 8 a.m. Sunday. That is according to the latest data, as of 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The cone doesn't necessarily have Debby headed toward Maryland, but a turn in our direction is possible, according to the outlook.

Aircraft and radar show the storm drifting eastward across northern Florida. The storm is expected to survive as it moves across land from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean, according to meterologists' discussion of the Debby's forecast.

Debby is then expected to move northeastward.

The storm's push north could be pushed back by the high-pressure system expected to bring near 100-degree temperatures by late this week, however. This satellite photo shared by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center shows a bubble of clear skies to Debby's northwest.

Forecast models show the storm's wind speeds decreasing over the next few days, weakening to a tropical depression while crossing over Florida before regaining tropical storm status in the Atlantic.

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