Nestor Continues to Spread Rain Showers Across Southeast and Mid-Atlantic

weather.com meteorologists
Published: October 20, 2019

Nestor will move inland over the Southeast with a soaking rain and some gusty winds.

Nestor made landfall on St. Vincent Island near Apalachicola, Florida, at 1 p.m. CDT Saturday.

Tornadoes will continue to be a threat as Nestor moves inland.

A few severe thunderstorms are possible along the Southeast coast into early Sunday. Tornadoes are possible, and they may form and dissipate quickly, as is often the case with landfalling tropical systems.

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Nestor's center is moving through the Southeast with showers and thunderstorms along with bursts of gusty winds.


Current Radar and Winds

Nestor will move northeastward through the Southeast relatively quickly and will produce much of its worst weather ahead and to the right of its center.

Rain will linger in some parts of the Southeast and mid-Atlantic into Sunday. Nestor's relatively fast movement should keep it from becoming a major, widespread rainfall flood concern.

A wide swath of the Carolinas and Virginia will see at least an inch of rain through Sunday.


Forecast Rainfall Through Sunday

Overall, this rain could be beneficial, given the flash drought that has developed over the Southeast.

This system may then move along the mid-Atlantic coast and could bring rain to the mid-Atlantic and Northeast coast into Sunday night.

Some locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds are possible, especially toward the coast. Some minor coastal impacts cannot be ruled out.


Sunday's Forecast

Impacts So Far

An EF1 tornado damaged 18 homes in northwest Cape Coral, Florida, Saturday morning.

Friday night, an EF0 tornado touched down near St. Petersburg in Seminole, Florida, in one of Nestor's bands of thunderstorms, damaging manufactured homes.

A third tornado, rated EF2, touched down near Lakeland Regional Airport in central Florida, late Friday evening, stalling traffic on Interstate 4 and toppling a semi. A debris signature was seen on radar around 11 p.m., suggesting that items were being lofted by a tornado. The tornado moves northward toward Kathleen where it damaged homes and a church. Around 50 homes were damaged in this tornado.

Wind gusts up to 61 mph were measured Saturday morning at a tower on Tyndall Air Force Base near Panama City, Florida. Downed trees were reported near Carrabelle Beach along Highway 98 early Saturday.

Daytona Beach has already measured almost 4 inches of rainfall as of early Saturday, while 3.73 inches was reported in Seminole, Florida, and Tampa has also received more than 3 inches.

Water levels rose due to storm surge and high tide in the Big Bend area of Florida Saturday morning, including in Eastpoint, Florida. A water level of 3.2 feet above mean higher high water was measured at Apalachicola, Florida.

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