Tropical Storm Nestor to threathen the Florida Panhandle on Saturday
Tropical Cyclone 16 expected to strengthen into Tropical Storm Nestor today and make landfall in Florida on Saturday.
Friday, October 18, 2019 11:56:53 AM +00:00
Tropical Storm Nestor
The National Hurricane Center reports that at 700 AM CDT (1200 UTC), the disturbance was centered near latitude 25.1 North, longitude 91.2 West. The system is moving toward the northeast near 21 mph (33 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the system will approach the northern Gulf Coast later today and tonight, and then move inland over portions of the southeastern United States on Saturday and Saturday night.
Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. The disturbance is expected to develop into a tropical or subtropical storm today, and slow strengthening is anticipated until the system moves inland. An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is on its way to investigate the disturbance.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...90 percent
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...90 percent
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km) to the north and east of the possible center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1004 mb (29.65 inches).
ContactRelief has issued a Tropical Weather Strategy alert and recommendations for portions of Florida. The forecast track shows Tropical Cyclone 16 reaching Tropical Storm strength today. As Tropical Storm Nestor, the storm is expected to make landfall in the Florida Panhandle on Saturday. The current hurricane modeling predicts the intensity staying below Cat 1 Hurricane levels. Tropical Storm Warnings have been issued for portions of Lousiana and Florida. Subscribers concerned that further development may affect their operations or relationship with consumers in the affected area should be acting now.