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Tropical Storm Debby floods neighborhoods, forces evacuations

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Residents of the Mill Run area ready their homes and prepare to leave under a mandatory evacuation order by emergency management officials on June 26 in New Port Richey, Fla. According to local news, two area rivers have converged and surpassed the 100-year flood plan.

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Matt Smeaton joins friends as they float down a closed six-lane road as floodwater associated with Tropical Storm Debby rises around them in New Port Richey, Fla.

Reuters reports: Tropical Storm Debby weakened as it drifted eastward over Florida on Tuesday, dumping more rain on flooded areas and sending thousands of people fleeing from rising rivers.

After stalling in the Gulf of Mexico, the storm was finally moving but was expected to take two more days to finish its wet slog across Florida.

Emergency managers in Pasco County on Florida's central Gulf Coast ordered a mandatory evacuation for 14,000 to 20,000 people living between the Anclote and Pithlachascotee Rivers. The Anclote rose from 9 feet before Debby's approach to more than 27 feet on Tuesday, well above major flood level, Pasco County spokesman Eric Keaton said.

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Madison Montgomery and her boyfriend Gregory Nauykas return with a boat to Nauykas' flooded home to gather belongings after evacuating due to the floodwater associated with Tropical Storm Debby in New Port Richey, Fla. on June 26.

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Doreen Ferrilo and Jack Cutler salvage what they can from their flooded home with help from their friend David Rivera before they must leave under a mandatory evacuation order by emergency management officials in the Mill Run area of New Port Richey.

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As the effects of Debby are taking a toll, residents know more is on the way. NBC's Jay Gray reports.