Nestor heads into Georgia after tornadoes damage Florida

Katie Ramirez
October 28, 2019

The storm has pounded parts of the Florida Gulf Coast with heavy rain, strong winds and storm surges, and spawned tornadoes in the Tampa Bay area.

In Georgia, remnants of the storm spread heavy rains and triggered two National Weather Service warnings of potential twisters in the state's south on Saturday evening.

Post-tropical cyclone Nestor made landfall in Florida on Saturday afternoon, bringing tornadoes that downed trees and shredded roofs in Gulf Coast towns and a storm surge that washed over streets.

A camper rests on top of a boat trailer and the corner of a home as Tropical Storm Nestor passed the area on Saturday in Kathleen, Florida.

Nestor's winds decreased to 40 miles per hour.

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The National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center said that "locally heavy rainfall" and some severe thunderstorms are possible from eastern North Carolina up through the mid-Atlantic as the storm moves across the region.

Winds and storm surges are affecting parts of the Florida Gulf Coast as Nestor is begins to lose tropical characteristics. The storm had left thousands of people homeless and almost wiped the Panhandle city of Mexico Beach off the map.

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

The Polk County Sheriff's Office said it had not received any reports of serious injuries related to the tornadoes.

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.

The Coast Guard says seas could reach 20 feet (6 meters) in height around Panama City, Florida. A few tornadoes will be possible in some of the intense bands east of the center of circulation.

Conditions should improve by midday Saturday as the low moves away from Florida and up the East Coast of the U.S.

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.

"And there will be possibly a couple of tornadoes across coastal areas of Georgia, South Carolina and southeast North Carolina as we go through the overnight hours and into part of Sunday".

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