MIAMI -

Tropical Storm Debby is expected to bring torrential rains and flooding to parts of Florida for the next few days.

As of 5 a.m. Tuesday, Debby was about 85 miles west of Cedar Key and was moving east at 3 mph. It had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph with higher gusts.

Little movement was expected in the coming days, but it was forecast to move toward the northeast or east-northeast. Meteorologists said Debby's motion may be erratic.

Debby had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph with higher gusts.

A tropical storm warning was in effect for the Florida Gulf Coast from Mexico Beach to Englewood.

The National Hurricane Center reported that this is the first time since 1851 that four storms have formed before July.

Authorities say a woman was found dead inside a house in Highlands County that was destroyed as Tropical Storm Debby inundated some areas with rain.