Tropical storm warnings and storm surge warnings have been issued along Florida's west-central coast. The low will contain tropical characteristics and may become a named system as early as later Thursday. The winds are expected to cover a large area, and should begin well in advance of the arrival of the center, the NHC said. More than 3 inches of rain fell Saturday, breaking a daily rainfall record in Daytona Beach.
The main impact across Middle Georgia will be heavy rain. It gives officials the opportunity to send out watches and warnings in advance of the storm actually forming.
The storm was about 70 miles south-southwest of Panama City, Florida, and its maximum sustained winds were 50 mph as it moved northeast at 17 mph. It won't be like Hurricane Michael past year, but coastal flooding is still expected.
Keep it right here with WRDW/WAGT for more information on this system. However, gale-force wind gusts are expected to stretch as far east as the Atlantic coast of the southeastern U.S.by Saturday morning.
AccuWeather national weather reporter Jonathan Petramala posted a video on Twitter early Saturday morning which showed storm surge flooding beginning in Apalachicola, Fla. "Areas north of Tampa, west of Orlando and up into Jacksonville should be on alert". Tropical Storm Nestor continues to move northeastward from the Gulf of Mexico. The report said that isolated flash flooding is also possible along the central and eastern Gulf Coast and the southeast coast of the United States through the night of October 19.
Heavy rain on the tune to 2 to 4 inches across the Central Gulf Coast up through the Eastern Carolinas where isolated totals may be close to 6 inches.
That makes for a very favourable environment for tropical storm development.
Other concerns are rain and storm surge, particularly across the Big Bend region.
A gyre was responsible for Tropical Storm Narda, which developed off of Mexico's southwest coast September 28.