Nestor heads into Georgia after tornadoes damage Florida


Showers and "locally heavy rain" are forecast to linger throughout Sunday until the storm moves offshore, but is not expected to lead to any major flooding.

Post-Tropical Nestor quickly crossed over the Florida Panhandle Saturday afternoon and moved on to bring high winds and heavy rain to parts of the Southeast.

Bay News 9 reported that the tornado and the tropical storm's high winds also caused severe structural damage to Kathleen Middle School, which had its roof partially blown away by the storm. The hurricane center said no change in strength was expected over the next day or so, but it could strengthen some when it moves back out over water in the western Atlantic.

Forecasters said at 4 p.m. Friday that the system was about 150 miles (240 kilometers) southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River.

In Mexico Beach, Fla., where Hurricane Michael almost wiped out the town in October 2018 and left thousands homeless, the mayor told the Associated Press that Nestor brought some needed rain to a portion of the state suffering from drought.

"Thankfully, we have not had any reported serious injuries related to the "long track" tornado that touched down in our unincorporated areas in northwest Polk County last night", Sheriff Grady Judd said in a statement Saturday.

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

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Many areas across the region have experienced a flash drought due to the prolonged heat and dry conditions.

The center forecasts a potential inundation of three to five feet above normally dry ground from Indian Pass to Chassahowitzka, Fla., if the peak surge hits at high tide.

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

The center of the storm hit St. Vincent Island, Florida, early Saturday and continued to moved in a northeast direction toward toward the Carolinas, with winds up to 50 miles per hour expected along the Atlantic coasts of Florida and Georgia.

The center of the storm doesn't matter as the wettest weather will be displaced well east of the center.

While all tropical storm and surge warnings had been canceled by Saturday afternoon in Florida, the storm escalated weekend threats of possible twisters and severe thunderstorms elsewhere in the South.