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Tropical Storm Nestor could bring some relief to areas of parched South

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Heavy rain from Tropical Storm Nestor was inundating portions of the Gulf Coast on Friday night, the National Hurricane Center. That could be good news for i...

Posted: Oct 18, 2019 9:33 AM
Updated: Oct 18, 2019 8:00 PM

Heavy rain from Tropical Storm Nestor was inundating portions of the Gulf Coast on Friday night, the National Hurricane Center. That could be good news for inland residents who endured a dry and hot September.

The fast-moving weather system gained tropical storm status and had maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour.

Winds, rain and storm surge will increase, with the center of Nestor expected to make landfall around daybreak Saturday near Panama City in the Florida Panhandle.

A tropical storm warning has been issued for a portion of Florida, from Navarre to Yankeetown. A storm-surge warning was in effect from Indian Pass to Clearwater Beach.

The rain couldn't come at a better time for parts of the South. Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi all had their driest September on record.

Many areas across the region have experienced a flash drought due to the prolonged heat and dry conditions. Areas that weren't in any type of drought in August are now in severe to extreme drought.

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Storm surge is a major concern for Florida

The storm system was about 215 miles southwest of Panama City, moving northeast at 22 mph (35 km/h). The National Hurricane Center forecast that the storm could strengthen some overnight, but it is expected to weaken once it moves inland.

Its outer edges earlier brought heavy rain to portions of southern Mexico.

As the system approached Florida, it could bring a dangerous storm surge of 2 to 5 feet to a large portion of Florida's Gulf Coast, forecasters said.

Surges of 1 to 3 feet were possible in Tampa Bay, the hurricane center said.

'This is a life-threatening situation,' the hurricane center said. 'Persons located within these (storm surge warning) areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other dangerous conditions.'

Winds and rain

Tropical-storm-force winds of 39 mph and higher are expected Friday evening in the tropical storm warning areas.

Forecast models show the storm could move into parts of Georgia and the Carolinas on Saturday and Sunday. Winds of similar strength are possible there, the hurricane center said.

The storm is expected to drop 2 to 6 inches of rain over the weekend in the central Gulf Coast, northern and central Florida, and parts of Georgia and the Carolinas, forecasters say.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 14790

Reported Deaths: 710
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Lauderdale71358
Madison69422
Scott63010
Neshoba58937
Jones56622
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DeSoto5036
Leake40012
Rankin3856
Holmes38524
Jackson30313
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Lee1245
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Lawrence1021
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Confirmed Cases: 16823

Reported Deaths: 605
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