Post-tropical storm Nestor is expected to make landfall in Florida Saturday as it brings heavy rain, gusty winds, storm surge, and possible tornadoes to parts of the Southeast U.S. A tropical storm warning is in effect from Navarre to Yankeetown in the Florida Panhandle and a storm surge warning extends from Indian Pass to Clearwater Beach, Florida.
Nestor was downgraded from a tropical storm, its sustained winds decreasing to 45 miles per hour (72 kph) as it reached Florida's St. Vincent Island, the National Hurricane Center said in an afternoon update.
Many areas from the Florida peninsula to the southern Delmarva Peninsula could see one to four inches of rain with isolated higher amounts through Sunday morning. Forecasters said it also was raising an overnight threat of severe weather in the Carolinas as it continued to speed toward the Atlantic Ocean.
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Lakeland Electric reported almost 10,000 customers without power due to the storm.
"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.
Another suspected tornado in southwest Florida damaged at least a dozen homes in Cape Coral, some severely, the police department said in a statement.
The storm turned roadways into rivers and left homes and businesses battered in Pinellas County and neighboring parts of Florida, video images showed. Radar indicated possible tornados separately in areas around Rhine and Vienna, Georgia.More news: Week 8: Seahawks at Falcons Picks & Predictions
Some downed trees and power lines were reported in metro Atlanta as heavy rains spread across Georgia.
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. But there was no damage there.
As Nestor makes a path toward the Florida Panhandle town, Mayor Al Cathey said there's little activity in terms of storm preparation. "I would call us fortunate". The Tyndall AFB Tower located south of Apalachicola, Florida, recently reported a sustained wind of 49 miles per hour [80 km/h] and a gust to 61 miles per hour [98 km/h] at an elevation of 115 ft [35 m].More news: Lautaro Martinez and Antonio Candreva on target as Inter down Dortmund