Debby becomes post-tropical cyclone

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MIAMI - The former Tropical Storm Debby has lost its tropical characteristics and become a post-tropical cyclone, the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday afternoon.

At 5 p.m. Wednesday, Debby was about 180 miles east of St. Augustine and was moving east at 13 mph. The storm's maximum sustained winds were near 40 mph.

Forecasters said the system, which has a poorly defined center, is expected to continue to move toward the east and then turn toward the east-northeast in the next couple of days, keeping the same intensity.

Gale-force winds extend up to 105 miles to the southeast of the center.

The National Hurricane Center said the rainfall will continue to diminish across Florida on Wednesday, but the lingering rain bands could still drop up to one more inch, mainly over South Florida.

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