Tropical Storm Nestor loses tropical status as it nears Florida landfall
Storm is lashing state with storm clusters, tornado threats
Miami, Fl- Tropical Storm Nestor became a Post-Tropical Cyclone Nestor on Saturday morning. It was still packing 50 mph winds and sending the state rain and tornado threats according to the National Hurricane Center in its 11 a.m. update.
BULLETIN Post-Tropical Cyclone Nestor Advisory Number 9 NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL162019 1000 AM CDT Sat Oct 19 2019 ...NESTOR LOSES ITS TROPICAL CHARACTERISTICS AND BECOMES A POST-TROPICAL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM... ...STRONG GUSTY WINDS AND STORM SURGE STILL AFFECTING THE COAST OF THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE... SUMMARY OF 1000 AM CDT...1500 UTC...INFORMATION ----------------------------------------------- LOCATION...29.3N 86.3W ABOUT 70 MI...115 KM SSW OF PANAMA CITY FLORIDA ABOUT 85 MI...135 KM WSW OF APALACHICOLA FLORIDA MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...50 MPH...85 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT...ENE OR 75 DEGREES AT 9 MPH...15 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...996 MB...29.42 INCHES
Dangerous storm surge and tropical-storm-force winds are still expected along portions of the northern Gulf Coast. Much of Central Florida remains under a tornado watch until 2 p.m.
Reports of damage in the Lakeland area are consistent with an F0 tornado with 70 mph winds, according to the National Weather Service. They confirmed a tornado moved through Hillsborough and Polk counties.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles (295 km) from the center, mainly to the east and southeast of the center. A private weather station at Bald Point on Apalachee Bay, Florida, recently measured a sustained wind of 37 mph (59 km/h) and a gust to 56 mph (91 km/h). Buoys just offshore the coast of west-central Florida have been reporting tropical-storm-force wind gusts to 50 mph (80 km/h) in some of the heavier squalls during the past couple of hours.
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