Tropical Storm Debby staying still

Winds, heavy rains along Northeast Gulf Coast

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MIAMI - Tropical Storm Debby remained stationary as rain and winds hit the coast of the Florida Panhandle.

At 5 a.m. Monday, Debby was about 90 miles south-southwest of Apalachicola, Florida -- or 200 miles east-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami reported that the tropical storm had stayed stationary since Sunday. Little movement was expected in the coming days.

Debby had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph with higher gusts.

The forecast remained uncertain.

A tropical storm warning was in effect for the Mississippi-Alabama border eastward to the Suwannee River in Florida.

A tropical storm watch was in effect for south of the Suwannee River to Englewood, Florida.

Some gradual strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

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.

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