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Event Thunderstorm Wind
Magnitude 58 kts.
State FLORIDA
County/Area SARASOTA
WFO TBW
Report Source C-MAN Station
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2012-06-24 20:00:00.0 EST-5
Begin Location 0N GOLDEN BEACH
Begin Lat/Lon 27.07/-82.45
End Date 2012-06-24 20:00:00.0 EST-5
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 0.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative Tropical Storm Debby lingered for several days over the northeastern Gulf of Mexico and caused high winds and heavy rain before making landfall near Steinhatchee, FL on the 26th. A tropical storm warning was in effect for Levy, Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, and Sarastota counties from 10 AM EDT on June 25th through 8 PM EDT on June 26th.
With the outer bands of Tropical Storm Debby, 11 confirmed tornadoes occurred on the 24th. Strong sustained winds prompted the closure of the Sunshine Skyway bridge. Heavy rain across the area caused flooding on several area rivers, the most serious of which was on the Anclote River at Elfers. Additionally, coastal flooding from onshore winds caused 3-5 feet of storm surge between Suwannee river and Bonita Beach, flooding streets and homes and eroding beaches.
In total, 5 fatalities were attributed to Tropical Storm Debby in the area. Two indirect fatalities; one from a man who suffered a heart attack and subsequently drown in the flood waters, the other from a car accident due to hydroplaning. The 3 direct fatalities were caused by a tornado, rip current, and river flooding.
In Levy County, tropical storm force winds were felt along the coast as Tropical Storm Debby moved onshore on the afternoon of the 26th. Heavy rainfall of over 8 inches fell across the county from the 24th through the 26th, with the highest storm total rainfall reported at the CoCoRaHS site near Chiefland of 13.42 inches. The tide gauge at Cedar Key measured a peak tide of 6.78 feet MLLW on the evening of the 25th. Subtracting the predicted astronomical tide, the calculated highest storm surge was 4.49 feet MLLW late in the evening of the 25th. The surge flooded a few buildings at Cedar Key and Yankeetown. In total, around $175K in damage to public property was recorded.
In Citrus County, rainfall of over 9 inches fell across the county from Tropical Storm Debby, with the highest storm total rainfall reported at the CoCoRaHS site near Hernando of 12.07 inches. The storm caused mostly minor damage, however, significant damage occurred with a tornado and several homes were flooded with 1 to 3 feet of water. The Kings Bay neighborhood had significant street flooding on the 25th and 26th. Additionally, several streets were flooded in Homosassa with up to 2 feet of water covering roadways on the 26th. The storm impacted 140 residents or a total of $127 thousand. Total individual assistance of $127K was paid out to 140 residents, including $112K in damage to housing.
In Hernando County, tropical storm force wind gusts were measured at the Brooksville Airport on the afternoon of the 24th. Heavy rainfall of over 8 inches fell across the entire county, with the highest storm total of 16.47 inches reported at the CoCoRaHS site near High Point. The storm caused mostly flood damage of $940 thousand and impacted 1,190 individuals and businesses. At least 83 sink holes opened up as a result of the rain, including one on a runway at the county airport. Storm surge pushed water onto Pine Island, flooding a parking lot and picnic area on the morning of the 25th.
In Sumter County, heavy rain of over 6 inches was measured across the county, with the highest storm total reported at the CoCoRaHS site at Bushnell of 10.89 inches. The heavy rain led to several flooded homes in Lake Panasoffkee, as well as sink holes in Lake Panasoffkee and The Villages.
In Pasco County, rainfall of 6 inches or more was measured across the county. The highest storm total rainfall reported was at the CoCoRaHS site near Port Richey, with a total of 14.07 inches. Storm surge flooded several streets in Hudson on the 24th and 25th, with water up to the bumpers on cars. Water was on the roadways on Old Dixie Highway north of Clark Street in Hudson. Damage totaled $4.38 million and impacted 2,606 families. Additionally, $4.73 million in damage was recorded to public property, including $3.80 million to area beaches.
In Pinellas County, wide spread frequent wind gusts of 39 mph or stronger were reported on the 24th, the highest of which was a 56 mph wind gust at Saint Petersburg Albert Whitted Airport on the morning of the 24th. Rainfall of at least 9 inches was reported across the entire county, with the highest storm total rain total of 15.26 inches near the Palm Harbor CoCoRaHS site. A total of 1,671 applications for individual assistance were filed, totaling $900 thousand. This value is a gross underestimate of the total damage, but was the best number available at the time. The tide gauge at Clearwater Beach measured a peak tide of 5.43 feet MLLW on the afternoon of the 24th. Subtracting the predicted astronomical tide, the calculated highest storm surge was 3.10 feet on the evening of the 24th. The tide gauge at Saint Petersburg measured a peak tide of 4.87 feet MLLW on the evening of the 25th. Subtracting the predicted astronomical tide, the highest storm surge was calculated as 3.56 feet late on the evening of the 25th. Significant street flooding was reported in Tarpon springs and Saint Petersburg. Along Dodecanese Boulevard in Tarpon Springs, street flooding was up to the foundations of several businesses. In Treasure Island, Gulf Boulevard between 107 St. south and Saint Johns pass was flooded with cars stranded. In Clearwater, waves were splashing over the seawalls. In Gulfport, water rose up to the bumpers of cars and flooded streets. Damage to public beaches from erosion was estimated at $3M.
In Hillsborough County, frequent wind gusts of 339 to 51 MPH were measured at the AWOS at MacDill Air Force Base on the 24th. Storm total rainfall of greater than 5 inches fell across the county, with the highest report of 11.91 inches at the CoCoRaHS site near Citrus Park. Damage was reported to 74 buildings inculding 6 that were destroyed. Damage to public buildings totaled $449 thousand. The tide gauge at Old Port Tampa measured a peak tide of 5.42 feet MLLW on the evening of the 25th. Subtracting the predicted astronomical tide, the highest storm surge was calculated as 3.97 feet late in the evening of the 25th. The tide gauge at McKay Bay measured a peak tide of 4.43 feet MLLW on the evening of the 25th. Subtracting the predicted astronomical tide, the highest storm surge was calculated as 4.07 feet late on the evening of the 25th. Storm surge water flooded Bay Shore Boulevard for three days.
In Polk County, rainfall of greater than 3 inches was reported across the county, with the highest storm total rain total of 8.71 inches reported near the Lakeland Highlands CoCoRaHS station. Much of the reported damage was related to tornadoes. In all, 125 homes were damaged totaling $5 million.
In Manatee County, the Sarastota-Bradenton Airport reported frequent gusts of 39 tp 55 MPH on the 24th. Rainfall of over 5 inches was reported across the county, with the highest storm total of 8.24 inches near the Bradenton CoCoRaHS site. The storm damaged 278 homes and businesses due to wind and flooding and totaled $130 thousand. Damage to public beaches totaled $5.9 million with $300 thousand to public buildings.
In Sarasota County, the Venice AWOS reported frequent wind gusts of between 39 to 50 MPH during the morning of the 24th. Additionally, several homes were damaged from thunderstorm wind gusts in Sarasota and at the La Casa Mobile Home Park. Storm total rain of over 3 inches fell across the county with the highest report of 9.25 inches near the Lake Sarasota CoCoRaHS site. Wind and floods damaged 52 structures or a total of $540 thousand. A lifeguard stairs stand was destroyed on Lido Beach, and the stairs stand on another lifeguard stand on Siesta Key was detached but sustained no damage. Also at Lido Beach, high water flooded a parking lot. Damage to area beaches from erosion was estimated at $1.9 million.
In Hardee County, 5.78 inches of rain was recorded from the storm at the COOP site at Wauchula. The only reported damage was caused by a tornado in a rural area.
In De Soto County, the FAWN station at Arcadia measured a 52 mph wind gust on the 25th. Storm total rainfall of 5.70 inches was reported at the COOP site at Arcadia.
In Highlands County, the highest storm total rainfall reported was 5.43 inches at the CoCoRaHS site near Lake Placid. Total damages of $1.30 million were reported, mostly from tornado damage.
In Charlotte County, the Charlotte County Airport recorded a 55 mph wind gust during the evening of the 24th. The highest storm total rainfall report was 5.25 inches near the Englewood CoCoRaHS site. Damage $2.50 million was recorded, mostly to beaches. In Charlotte Harbor, storm surge reached the top of a boat ramp and flooded a picnic area. Damage to county beaches from erosion was estimated at $2.5 million.
In Lee County, the highest storm total rainfall reported was 4.95 inches at the Cape Coral CoCoRaHS station. The county suffered $2.3 million in damage to beaches, mostly on Captiva Island and Sanibel, while another $300 thousand in damage to homes was recorded. The tide gauge at Fort Myers measured a peak tide of 3.98 feet MLLW on afternoon of the 25th. Subtracting the predicted astronomical tide, the highest storm surge was calculated as 3.09 feet on the afternoon of the 25th. Lighthouse Road in Sanibel suffered erosion and was closed by Sanibel Police on the morning of the 25th.
Event Narrative The C-MAN station at Venice Beach measured a 58 knot thunderstorm wind gust.


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 5 8 27.446M 0.00K
NEW PORT RICHEY PASCO CO. FL 06/24/2012 00:00 EST-5 Flood 1 0 2.000M 0.00K
LEVY (ZONE) LEVY (ZONE) FL 06/24/2012 00:00 EST-5 Tropical Storm 0 0 175.00K 0.00K
ST CATHERINE SUMTER CO. FL 06/24/2012 02:00 EST-5 Flood 0 0 67.00K 0.00K
BELLEAIR PINELLAS CO. FL 06/24/2012 06:00 EST-5 Heavy Rain 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NOWATNEY HILLSBOROUGH CO. FL 06/24/2012 06:00 EST-5 Heavy Rain 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH PINELLAS CO. FL 06/24/2012 07:00 EST-5 Heavy Rain 1 0 0.00K 0.00K
SARASOTA SARASOTA CO. FL 06/24/2012 07:15 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 45 kts. EG 0 0 45.00K 0.00K
BUCHANAN HARDEE CO. FL 06/24/2012 09:15 EST-5 Tornado EF0 0 0 65.00K 0.00K
WARM MINERAL SPRINGS SARASOTA CO. FL 06/24/2012 09:15 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 20.00K 0.00K
GULFPORT PINELLAS CO. FL 06/24/2012 10:45 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 52 kts. EG 0 0 20.00K 0.00K
VENUS HIGHLANDS CO. FL 06/24/2012 11:23 EST-5 Tornado EF0 1 0 15.00K 0.00K
ELOISE POLK CO. FL 06/24/2012 12:00 EST-5 Heavy Rain 1 4 0.00K 0.00K
NEW PORT RICHEY PASCO CO. FL 06/24/2012 12:00 EST-5 Heavy Rain 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
RINGGOLD HERNANDO CO. FL 06/24/2012 12:00 EST-5 Flood 0 0 940.00K 0.00K
SARASOTA (ZONE) SARASOTA (ZONE) FL 06/24/2012 12:00 EST-5 Storm Surge/tide 0 0 2.300M 0.00K
PASCO (ZONE) PASCO (ZONE) FL 06/24/2012 12:00 EST-5 Storm Surge/tide 0 0 5.800M 0.00K
CHARLOTTE (ZONE) CHARLOTTE (ZONE) FL 06/24/2012 12:00 EST-5 Storm Surge/tide 0 0 2.500M 0.00K
PINELLAS (ZONE) PINELLAS (ZONE) FL 06/24/2012 12:00 EST-5 Storm Surge/tide 0 0 3.000M 0.00K
HILLSBOROUGH (ZONE) HILLSBOROUGH (ZONE) FL 06/24/2012 12:00 EST-5 Storm Surge/tide 0 0 350.00K 0.00K
MANATEE (ZONE) MANATEE (ZONE) FL 06/24/2012 12:00 EST-5 Storm Surge/tide 0 0 5.900M 0.00K
PLACID LAKES HIGHLANDS CO. FL 06/24/2012 14:23 EST-5 Tornado EF1 0 0 60.00K 0.00K
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH PINELLAS CO. FL 06/24/2012 14:40 EST-5 Tornado EF1 0 0 130.00K 0.00K
LUTZ TAMPA DOWNS ARP HILLSBOROUGH CO. FL 06/24/2012 15:39 EST-5 Tornado EF0 0 0 90.00K 0.00K
NEW PORT RICHEY PASCO CO. FL 06/24/2012 16:00 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 45 kts. EG 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
NEW PORT RICHEY PASCO CO. FL 06/24/2012 16:17 EST-5 Tornado EF1 0 0 650.00K 0.00K
WNTR HVN CYP GDNS AR POLK CO. FL 06/24/2012 17:55 EST-5 Tornado EF0 0 0 4.00K 0.00K
WNTR HVN CYP GDNS AR POLK CO. FL 06/24/2012 19:04 EST-5 Tornado EF2 0 0 390.00K 0.00K
SAINT PETERSBURG BEACH PINELLAS CO. FL 06/24/2012 19:15 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 3.00K 0.00K
SAINT PETERSBURG BEACH PINELLAS CO. FL 06/24/2012 19:21 EST-5 Tornado EF1 0 0 150.00K 0.00K
BEE RIDGE SARASOTA CO. FL 06/24/2012 19:59 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GOLDEN BEACH SARASOTA CO. FL 06/24/2012 20:00 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 58 kts. MG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CHASSAHOWITZKA CITRUS CO. FL 06/24/2012 20:57 EST-5 Tornado EF1 0 0 90.00K 0.00K
PINELLAS (ZONE) PINELLAS (ZONE) FL 06/25/2012 08:00 EST-5 Rip Current 1 4 0.00K 0.00K
LEE (ZONE) LEE (ZONE) FL 06/25/2012 12:00 EST-5 Storm Surge/tide 0 0 2.300M 0.00K
CITRUS (ZONE) CITRUS (ZONE) FL 06/25/2012 12:00 EST-5 Storm Surge/tide 0 0 127.00K 0.00K
HERNANDO (ZONE) HERNANDO (ZONE) FL 06/25/2012 12:00 EST-5 Storm Surge/tide 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LEVY (ZONE) LEVY (ZONE) FL 06/25/2012 12:00 EST-5 Storm Surge/tide 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BRIGHTON HIGHLANDS CO. FL 06/26/2012 09:25 EST-5 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WARM MINERAL SPRINGS SARASOTA CO. FL 06/27/2012 00:00 EST-5 Flood 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
Totals: 5 8 27.446M 0.00K