Waves crash against the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., as wind, waves, and storm from Tropical Storm Debby pound the Florida panhandle Sunday, June 24, 2012. Louisiana’s governor declared a state of emergency as the storm threatens to flood low-lying coastal areas. (AP Photo/Northwest Florida Daily, Devon Ravine)
Tropical Storm Debby is moving slowly to the Florida coast on Sunday, June 24.
This brings strong winds and waves that forced the closure of about a quarter of offshore oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico.
Several Alabama beaches were closed due to rough surf.
According to an emergency management official, earlier on Sunday, it caused tornadoes that killed a woman, severely injured a child and wrecked homes in central Florida in rural Highlands County.
The National Hurricane Center maintained a storm warning for the Mississippi-Alabama border, extended warnings for Florida’s northwest coast to Englewood, and discontinued warnings for the Louisiana coast.
Residents were warned to expect storm conditions within 36 hours.
A young girl reacts to a breaking waves at Cedar Key, Fla., as Tropical Storm Debby makes it’s way across the Gulf of Mexico early Sunday, June 24, 2012 drenching the Gulf coast of Florida in it’s wake. Parts of Florida, including the Panhandle, remain under a tropical storm warning as Debby churns off the Gulf Coast. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)
Cedar Key Fire Chief Robert Robinson clings to a section of a floating dock that broke free from the rest as strong storm surge and flooding are felt from Tropical Storm Debby, in Cedar Key, Fla., Sunday, June 24, 2012. Robinson tries to attach a chain to the dock section so it can be lifted out of the Gulf by a forklift. Slow-moving Tropical Storm Debby’s outer bands lashed Florida with rain and kicked up rough surf off Alabama on Sunday, prompting storm warnings for those states and causing at least one death. (AP Photo/The Gainesville Sun, Brad McClenny)
Water sneaks into a restaurant in Cedar Key, Fla. as Tropical Storm Debby churns on the Florida Gulf coast waiting to makes its way across the Gulf of Mexico early Sunday, June 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)
Wendy Slaughter, left, helps Pat Boninsh, center, tie down the covering on their Cedar Key, Fla., boat rental docking porch as Jacqueline Slaughter, right, makes sure it’s complete. High winds and rain from Tropical Storm Debby drenches the Gulf coast as it makes it’s way across the Gulf of Mexico early Sunday, June 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)