1. PREPARATIONS

    Tropical Storm Churns in Gulf

    This NOAA satellite image taken Saturday, June 23, 2012, shows shower and thunderstorm activity developing around an area of low pressure spinning in the Gulf of Mexico. Tropical Storm Debby has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and forecasters say it will bring rain to the Gulf coast from southern Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle. (AP Photo/NOAA)

    NOAA / AP Photo

    Tropical Storm Debby churned in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, inching closer to the northern rim of the region. Forecasters are still uncertain of the storm’s path, and authorities warned of flood possibilities from Florida to Texas. As of 5 a.m. Sunday, Debby was about 165 miles southeast of the Mississippi River and was moving north at three miles per hour. At least one tornado linked to the storm touched down Saturday in southwest Florida, and heavy squalls pounded the state. Forecasters said Debby could near hurricane strength by Monday night.

    Read it at The Associated Press