Tropical Storm Nestor could bring some relief to areas of parched South

Pablo Tucker
October 28, 2019

Former Tropical Storm Nestor moved through central North Carolina overnight, dropping heavy rains as it moved east.

Nestor is linked to at least three tornadoes in Florida as it moved onshore, including one twister that had 120 miles per hour winds that tossed a camper on top of a home in Kathleen, Fla., and had a defined "debris ball" on radar.

The hurricane center says Nestor could strengthen a little in coming hours but is expected to weaken after it moves inland.

The storm system was about 215 miles southwest of Panama City, moving northeast at 22 mph (35 km/h).

In Mexico Beach, Florida, where a powerful October 2018 storm almost wiped out that Panhandle town and left thousands homeless, the mayor said Saturday that Nestor brought some needed rain to a portion of the state suffering from drought.

Because of the storm's fast movement and drought conditions in numerous areas where rain is forecast, only isolated cases of flooding area are expected.

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Conditions should improve by midday Saturday as the low moves away from Florida and up the East Coast of the U.S.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said risky storm surge, heavy rain, and high winds were likely to reach portions of the northern Gulf Coast starting later Friday and lasting into the weekend. A few tornadoes will be possible in some of the intense bands east of the center of circulation.

A tropical storm warning is in effect from Grand Isle, Louisiana to the mouth of the Pearl River and the Mississippi-Alabama line to Yankeetown, Florida.

The storm made landfall on Florida's St. Vincent Island Saturday afternoon after pounding parts of the Florida Gulf Coast with heavy rain, strong winds and storm surges, and spawned tornadoes in the Tampa Bay area.

Tropical storm conditions involve high winds of 39.73mph, just short of a category one hurricane.

Forecasters predicted rainfall of 2 to 4 inches from the central Gulf Coast to the eastern Carolinas and as much as 6 inches rainfall in isolated areas, where many areas have dried out due to lack of rains.

Waves could rise up to 5 feet as the storm surges in Florida's Big Bend region, alerted NHC.

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