Debby's rains drench S.E. Georgia

Storm could drop 10 more inches of rain

Published On: Jun 26 2012 09:57:24 AM EDT   Updated On: Jun 26 2012 10:25:24 AM EDT
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -

Forecasters say that slow-moving Tropical Storm Debby could bring up to 10 more inches of rain to the Brunswick area through Wednesday.

The Brunswick News reports that storm damage so far has been minimal in Glynn County. County Emergency Management Agency Director Jay Wiggins says there have been some sporadic power outages.

The storm downed trees in St. Marys on Monday, damaging a car and a gift shop in the city's downtown area.

"Areas across southern Georgia have picked up between 8 and 16 inches of rainfall and more is on the way," said Channel 4's Blake Mathews. "This rainfall continues in a northwesterly direction, towards southeast Georgia and the National Weather Service says that another 3 to 6 inches of rainfall can be expected for these areas Tuesday and more rounds of heavy rain move in Wednesday. Severe, localized flooding will become an issue."

On Monday, the St. Marys River near Macclenny was at 17.6 feet -- more than 5 feet above flood stage -- and was forecast to continue rising. The river has only crested risen higher and 17 feet three times in the last decade.

The National Park Service on Monday canceled the 9 a.m. ferry to Cumberland Island National Seashore because a band of severe thunderstorms threatened the area. Superintendent Fred Boyles said all campers were taken off the island until further notice because of the continued threat Debby poses to the region.