Nestor makes landfall in Florida; no longer a tropical storm

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Tropical Storm Nestor Is A "Potential Threat"

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. While tropical and storm surge warnings were all canceled by Saturday afternoon, the storm brought the threat of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms across the Southeast. As the remnants of Nestor move across Eastern North Carolina on Sunday, gale-force southeast to south winds in the 30 miles per hour range in the morning will veer to the northwest and north in the afternoon, and will contine through Sunday night.

The latest forecast from the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, "At 700 AM CDT, satellite imagery, NOAA Doppler weather radar data, and surface observations indicate that the center of Tropical Storm Nestor has redeveloped farther west near latitude 29.5 North, longitude 86.8 West. Nestor is moving toward the northeast near 17 miles per hour [28 km/h]". Nestor is expected to move offshore of the coast of North Carolina into the western Atlantic by late Sunday also as a post-tropical cyclone.

The mayor of Mexico Beach says the city that was almost washed off the map by Hurricane Michael isn't almost as concerned about Tropical Storm Nestor.

Mexico City Beach Mayor Al Cathey told the media that since there was no alarm, very little preparations have been done.

"Thankfully, we have not had any reported serious injuries", Sheriff Grady Judd said in a Saturday statement.

A tropical storm warning was in effect from the Mississippi-Alabama line to Yankeetown, Florida, and from Grand Isle, Louisiana, to the mouth of the Pearl River.

This year the area has been more affected by a weeks-long drought.

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

The Coast Guard said 20-foot (6-meter) seas were possible around Panama City, and risky rip currents were possible along beaches during what is still a busy tourism period.

Conditions are expected to deteriorate Friday into early Saturday.

Waves could rise up to 5 feet as the storm surges in Florida's Big Bend region, alerted NHC.

Forecasters predicted rainfall of 2 to 4 inches from the central Gulf Coast to the eastern Carolinas and as much as 6 inches rainfall in isolated areas, where many areas have dried out due to lack of rains.

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