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by Michael C. Lowe | June 25, 2012

Tropical storm warnings are in effect along the Florida Panhandle as Tropical Storm Debby nears shore, according to the Associated Press. Though the storm's center is far from land over the Gulf of Mexico, it is producing heavy rains and isolated tornadoes, prompting the closure of the sole bridge to St. George Island, a popular vacation spot in Florida. High winds also have forced the closure of an interstate bridge that links St. Petersburg with areas to the southeast. Authorities in the Tampa Bay area were asking residents and tourists to stay away from flooded streets.