(WLTX) - Tropical Storm Debby is making its way toward the Florida coast, but it isn't in a hurry to get there.
As of Monday afternoon, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 45 miles an hour. It's moving at just five miles an hour.
The consensus forecast track of Debby shifted dramatically over the weekend. At first the track had it headed toward Texas, then the Florida panhandle, and now its aiming for the northwestern coast of Florida.
Only slight strengthening is expected before the system hits land. That's going to take several days, perhaps until Wednesday, before the center of circulation reaches the coast.
The storm has already brought heavy rain to the region. Some areas of north Florida could see more than a foot of rain by Wednesday.
Could the remnants affect South Carolina? That's still a concern, but forecast models are extremely split on that possibility. Some have the storm turning west after moving into Alabama; others, though, have the system making a hard turn toward the east, perhaps even reforming in the Atlantic off the South Carolina coast.
News 19's Chief Meteorologist Jim Gandy believes that Debby will likely move little until Tuesday. "It should begin to slowly move east on Tuesday. As it moves over north Florida late Tuesday and Wednesday we will see some clouds, but no rain." Dry air is expected to move into the Midlands on Tuesday behind a cold front. There will be some relief from the heat and humidity.