Extreme Weather 2019: Nestor Drops Heavy Rain On North Carolina

James Marshall
October 21, 2019

A new storm racing into the Central U.S. today will bring severe weather to the Southern U.S. tonight and Monday bringing with it possible tornadoes, damaging winds, and large hail possible from Texas to Alabama to Kentucky through Tuesday meaning that almost 20 million Americans are at risk for severe weather.

Rain from the storm is also sweeping over eastern Alabama, Georgia, and SC.

While all tropical storm and surge warnings had been canceled by Saturday afternoon in Florida, the storm escalated weekend threats of possible twisters and severe thunderstorms elsewhere in the South. This came after a tornado spawned in central Florida and damaged several houses. One tractor-trailer was flipped onto a vehicle carrying a family from IL, but the Florida Highway Patrol told FOX35 that no one was hurt.

As of 11 a.m, Nestor was no longer a tropical storm, and is now considered a post-tropical low-pressure system, but heavy rain and gusty winds are still expected as the storm moves into the Southeast. Nestor's rain were expected to be beneficial for the northern part of the state due to an ongoing extreme drought, according to FOX5 Atlanta.

Earlier, a series of tornadoes hit Polk and Hillsborough counties around the Tampa area Friday night, damaging about 50 homes, according to preliminary estimates, the National Weather Service said.

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.

No injuries were reported in that incident. With the continued efforts to rebuild Mexico Beach, people were anxious about Nestor creating even more damage.

Apalachicola is a town of some 2,300 residents in Franklin County, Florida. "This threat will spread into other states such as Georgia, North Carolina and SC as we go through the day". Within those bands, a few tornadoes could spin up. But there was no immediate confirmation of any tornadoes and no injuries or damages were reported.

Elsewhere, news outlets reported some downed trees and power lines in metro Atlanta as heavy rains spread across Georgia.

"On the forecast track, Post-Tropical Cyclone Nestor will move farther inland over the Florida Panhandle this afternoon, and will then move across portions of the southeastern United States later tonight and Sunday".

But there was no damage there.

'There have been no issues, ' said Mayor Al Cathey, whose city is still recovering from Michael. Unfortunately, this storm is becoming more organized and will be able to tap into the strengthening jet stream as we get deeper into autumn.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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