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The National Hurricane Center changed its forecast late Sunday that the storm should meander north for several days before making landfall midweek in the Florida Panhandle or Alabama.
Shifting its forecast, the US National Hurricane Center said late Sunday that Tropical Storm Debby is expected to travel north for several days before making landfall midweek in the Florida Panhandle or Alabama, USA TODAY reported.
Previous forecasts said Debby was moving west toward Louisiana or Texas.
According to Reuters, Debby was meandering slowly toward the Florida coast on Sunday bringing rain and gusts of wind.
That forced about a quarter of offshore oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico to be suspended, USA TODAY reported.
Citing a "significant change in the forecast track," the NHC said Debby is expected to hit the Florida Panhandle near Panama City on Thursday, Reuters reported.
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The Associated Press said parts of Alabama and Florida, including the Panhandle, remained under tropical storm warnings.
The latest forecast map showed the center of the storm 100 miles south-southwest of Apalachicola, Fla. Forecasters predict a slight strengthening of the storm is possible over the next two days.