Tropical Storm Nestor Tropical Storm Warnings East Gulf Coast
It isn’t a classic looking tropical cyclone and actually looks more like a typical non tropical Gulf of Mexico low but they were able to check off enough boxes at the National Hurricane Center to upgrade this system to a tropical storm. Nester is now moving quickly to the northeast at 22 mph with maximum winds of 60 mph. The center is at 26.3N 89.5W or about 350 miles southwest of Panama City Florida. The present motion would bring the center of Nester on the coast by Saturday morning.
We have two radar views from the Gulf Coast. One is from Mobile Alabama and the other further east covering Northwest Florida. Rain is already on the coast with some embedded heavier rains showing up. The rain for now is on the coast but will be gradually moving inland as Nestor approaches the coastline.
MOBILE AL RADAR
NORTHWEST FLORIDA RADAR
This is going to be a solid rain producer for areas in the Southeast US with a widespread few inches of rain forecast with the highest amounts along the immediate Florida coast with 4 to 5 inches of rain possible. While there will be a core of strong winds, this system won’t have much more time to strengthen before it makes landfall.
The forecast track will be northeast through Saturday and then a turnto the east northeast as a post tropical cyclone. This storm will behave much like a typical low coming up the East Coast. It will hold its own along the way before making that east northeast slide on Sunday. This is important to our Sunday forecast. Right now it appears that clouds will certainly reach Eastern Pennsylvania to Southern New England. Rain might make it north into Southern New Jersey and perhaps reaching Long Island briefly. Right now it seems the bulk of the rain will pass south and east of us.
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