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Nestor makes landfall on Florida Panhandle, becomes post-tropical cyclone

Nestor is expected to dump two to four inches of rain in Tampa Bay, along with the threat of tornadoes.
The projected path of Nestor [National Hurricane Center]
The projected path of Nestor [National Hurricane Center]
Published Oct. 19, 2019
Updated Oct. 19, 2019

Tropical Storm Nestor lost strength as it made landfall on the Florida Panhandle Saturday afternoon.

“The latest track has it moving rapidly through the Florida Panhandle, Southern Georgia and the Carolinas,” said forecaster Rodney Wynn with the National Weather Service in Ruskin.

The storm is forecast to turn east-northeast on Sunday and become a post-tropical cyclone as it moves through the southeastern United States. It’s expected to move offshore into the western Atlantic by late Sunday.

Nestor is moving northeast at 17 mph with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, according to the 1 p.m. forecast advisory by the National Hurricane Center.

In Tampa Bay, Nestor is expected to dump two to four inches of rain.

“We are going to continue to see storms and gusty winds throughout the day,” Wynn said.

Some tornadoes are also possible through midday in central Florida. Reported tornadoes touched down in parts of Pinellas and Polk County late Friday night and early Saturday morning, damaging some mobile homes and causing blackouts in Pinellas.

Deadly storm surge is also possible along the gulf coast up to Clearwater Beach.

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