Published: Fri, October 18, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

How the tropics could impact Central Florida this weekend

How the tropics could impact Central Florida this weekend

NHC projections for Sixteen predict the storm will impact the southwestern states of Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

Though the system hasn't technically become a tropical storm, its circulation continues to consolidate and organize.

"This system has the potential to bring heavy rainfall, damaging winds and a coastal storm surge to parts of the Florida Panhandle and northwestern Florida during Saturday morning", Kottlowski said.

Along the Florida coast from east of Apalachicola and around the Big Bend to near the Tampa area, risky storm surge is a significant threat.

Winds could turn gusty at times through the weekend.

Nestor will likely be a lopsided storm, with most of its wind and rain removed to the east of the center. Tropical Storm Warnings have been issued for areas along the Mississippi/Alabama border to Yankeetown, Fla.

On its forecast track, this system will make an approach into the Florida Panhandle early Saturday.

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If that track verifies then Alabama will end up on the west side of the system, generally considered the "good" side, if there's such a thing, and its impacts could be more limited.

Winds are at 40 miles per hour and the system is now moving a little faster, now to the northeast at 14 miles per hour.

It's worth pointing out how quickly this storm is moving which will help minimize the overall impact, by not allowing the winds, rain, and seas from piling up on each other.

It is projected to reach the coast of Florida between 7 PM Friday and 7 AM Saturday.

Friday night high school football games from Alabama to the Florida panhandle have been canceled or postponed in preparation of the storm, according to the AP.

On Friday night, rain chances jump to 70 percent with showers likely and thunderstorms possible. Areas west of I-75 and across southern Georgia could pick up 3 inches of rain. A weak cold front and upper-level winds are expected to steer this rainmaker toward either the Gulf Coast or Eastern Gulf of Mexico by the upcoming weekend.

It would become the 16th tracked system of the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1-Nov. 30.

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