System in the Gulf could become Tropical Storm Nestor

James Marshall
October 19, 2019

In addition to the flooding storm surge, locally-heavy rain is likely through the weekend as the core of the system tracks across the southeastern United States and the Mid-Atlantic.

10 AM CDT: NHC has initiated advisories on Potential Tropical Cyclone Sixteen. A tropical cyclone is a generic name for what we call tropical storms and hurricanes and other parts of the world call typhoons and cyclones.

The storm could strengthen prior to landfall early Saturday morning as a higher end tropical storm, with most of it's wind, rain and storm surge primarily impacting the Florida Panhandle through the Big Bend of the Florida Coast.

There is a tropical storm warning in effect for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

Forecasters issued warnings for the Gulf coast as the potential tropical storm moves to the northeast.

There is also a Storm Surge Watch is in effect from Florida's Indian Pass to Clearwater Beach. And risky rip currents are possible along the coast as Nestor approaches land Friday and Saturday.

Forecasters say a disturbance in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico will soon become a tropical or subtropical storm that is headed for the northern U.S. Gulf Coast.

A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.

Tropical storm watches have been issued from Ochlockonee River, Florida to Yankeetown, Florida.

Satellite imagery and ship and buoy data indicate that the circulation of the low pressure system has become better defined, and the disturbance is now Tropical Storm Nestor. It's fast motion will likely prevent it from strengthening quickly.

Otherwise, nothing is expected to develop in the tropics into the middle of next week. If that happens, South Florida could see some heavy rainfall and a few strong storms on Saturday afternoon. It has top sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kph) and is moving to the northeast at12 miles per hour (19 kph). Storm surge flooding and tornadoes are also possible. Weather conditions will begin improving from Panama City to Tallahassee on Saturday evening.

This year the area has been more affected by a weeks-long drought.

The storms anticipated path flows through parts of Alabama, Georgia and northern Florida.

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