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Tropical Storm Nestor has formed in the Gulf of Mexico; storm surge, high winds expected along FL Gulf Coast

Posted: 1:10 PM, Oct 18, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-18 14:12:01-04
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The disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico finally gained enough organization to be upgraded to Tropical Storm Nestor by the National Hurricane Center at 1pm this afternoon.

Nestor, with 60 mph winds, was about 350 miles southwest of Panama City, Florida and was traveling at a quick pace northeastward, near 22 mph.

The storm could strengthen prior to landfall early Saturday morning as a higher end tropical storm, with most of it's wind, rain and storm surge primarily impacting the Florida Panhandle through the Big Bend of the Florida Coast.

Nestor may produce anywhere from 2-6" of rain near and east of its center, while east of the storm, the storm surge will be as high as 3-5 feet .