Tropical Storm Nestor formed over the Gulf of Mexico on Friday and is heading towards North Florida. Tropical Storm Nestor has maximum sustained winds of 60mph and is not forecasted to strengthen into a Hurricane before hitting Northern Florida overnight.
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* Mississippi/Alabama border to Yankeetown Florida
* Grand Isle Louisiana to the Mouth of the Pearl River
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for…
* Indian Pass Florida to Clearwater Beach Florida
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected somewhere within the warning.
A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening
inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline,
in the indicated locations. For a depiction of areas at risk, please
see the National Weather Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic,
available at hurricanes.gov. This is a life-threatening situation.
Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions
to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for
other dangerous conditions. Promptly follow evacuation and other
instructions from local officials.
For storm information specific to your area, including possible
inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your
local National Weather Service forecast office.
DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
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.
At 100 PM CDT (1800 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Nestor was
located near latitude 26.3 North, longitude 89.5 West. Nestor is
moving toward the northeast near 22 mph (35 km/h), and this general
motion is expected to continue through Sunday, followed by a turn
toward the east-northeast by early Monday. On the forecast track,
the center of Nestor will approach the northern Gulf Coast later
today and tonight and move inland across portions of the
southeastern United States Saturday and Sunday as it becomes a
post-tropical cyclone. Nestor is expected to move offshore of the
coast of North Carolina into the western Atlantic by late Sunday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher
gusts. Some strengthening is expected later today, with weakening
forecast after Nestor moves inland. Nestor is expected to lose
tropical characteristics and become post-tropical on Saturday.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km),
mainly to the northeast and east of the center.