Published: Mon, October 28, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Extreme Weather 2019: Nestor Drops Heavy Rain On North Carolina

Extreme Weather 2019: Nestor Drops Heavy Rain On North Carolina

As the system approached Florida, it could bring a unsafe storm surge of 2 to 5 feet to a large portion of Florida's Gulf Coast, forecasters said.

After quickly moving over the Florida Panhandle Saturday afternoon, the storm is forecast to move across portions of south Georgia and SC later Saturday and Sunday.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office said on Facebook a tornado that touched down late Friday caused a large section of roof to be torn off Kathleen Middle School, and several homes were damaged.

Nestor dropped from 60 miles per hour on Friday to 50 miles per hour on Saturday morning but is not expected to reduce strength again until after it makes landfall on the Florida Panhandle.

Regardless if the low becomes a tropical storm or not, our forecast will not change.

When it was still a tropical storm Friday night, Nestor bore down on the northern Gulf Coast with high winds, surging seas and heavy rains. No injuries were reported, the release said. The storm had left thousands of people homeless and almost wiped the Panhandle city of Mexico Beach off the map.

"There have been no issues", said Mayor Al Cathey, whose city is still recovering from Michael.

Because of the storm's fast movement and drought conditions in numerous areas where rain is forecast, only isolated cases of flooding area are expected.

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A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for Indian Pass to Clearwater Beach, Florida.

Nestor was downgraded from a tropical storm, its sustained winds decreasing to 45 miles per hour (72 kph) as it reached Florida's St. Vincent Island, the National Hurricane Center said in an afternoon update. North Carolina is expected to see some rain as the day wears on with sun breaking by midday, according to WTVD, an ABC affiliate in Durham, North Carolina.

Officials warned residents of 6- to 8-feet surf and rip currents along Florida's Gulf Coast.

Weather forecasters say a storm system is strengthening as it moves toward the U.S. Gulf Coast.

A tropical storm warning was in effect from the line between Okaloosa and Walton counties east to Yankeetown, Florida.

Seawater pushed inland by the storm could rise as much as 5 feet (1.5 meters) as storm surge in Florida's Big Bend region, much of which is less-developed than the rest of the state's coast.

We are still expecting one to two inches of rain across central North Carolina with a few areas seeing up to three inches.

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