MIAMI, FLA. -- After being stationary for a lengthy period out in the Gulf of Mexico and then beginning a slow trip to Florida's Gulf coast, Tropical Storm Debby swept ashore around 5pm eastern time Tuesday along Florida's sparsely populated Big Bend region.
By Tuesday night, Debby had become a tropical depression, with 35 mph winds.
Debby is exiting the Sunshine State this morning near St. Augustine.
Hurricane specialists in Miami say the storm could regenerate once it's back over the open Atlantic Ocean.
Once the storm leaves Florida, forecasters say there appears to be little chance that it will threaten any other land masses.
Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for Florida.
That declaration will help free up state and other assets to cope with the storm and its effects more expeditiously.