Sunshine State Drenched by Debby's Downpour

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The threat of flooding remains in Florida even after the National Hurricane Center downgraded Debby from a tropical storm to a depression.

The storm system came ashore in northern Florida Tuesday night. Early Wednesday Debby was southwest of St. Augustine and moving east-northeast at about 10 mph.

Debby should head out to sea later Wednesday. However, forecasters say a combination of storm surge and tide could bring flooding to coastal areas that have already been drenched by the storm.

In the last few days, Debby has damaged homes, washed out roads, and closed some portions of Interstate 10, Florida's main east-west highway. In some spots, Debby has dumped as much as 26 inches of rain.

"I've been here for approximately 30 minutes and already it's risen up at least two inches," one local resident said.

"I never thought the same road we drive on every day I'd be paddling up and down it," another Florida resident added.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency.

There have already been four named storms this year, which hasn't happened since 2005 -- the worst hurricane season on record.

Debby has been blamed for one death and a disappearance. A woman was killed in a tornado spun off from the storm Sunday, and a man disappeared in rough waters over the weekend in Alabama.

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