The tornado watch that has been issued for central and northern Florida means conditions are favorable for tornadoes to form.
At 5 a.m. ET, Nestor's winds were 50 miles per hour, down from a maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour Friday evening.
High schools from Alabama to the eastern Florida Panhandle called off football games scheduled for Friday night, and officials in Panama City tried to assure residents that the storm wouldn't be a repeat of Category 5 Hurricane Michael a year ago.
"And you may not have experienced a really diagnoseable form of anxiety prior to Hurricane Michael hitting us".
As Tropical Storm Nestor approaches our area, with it comes memories of when Hurricane Michael followed a similar path. The tornado damaged several structures, including a middle school, and even flipped a semi truck on I-4 near Lakeland. "'Cause it was really bad and banging and crashing. I was never so scared". Therefore, night time tornadoes are a concern. "However, there are many people dealing with damage to their homes and property this morning, some of it severe".
Look for a morning start locally in the mid-50s across the area Saturday, with mostly sunny skies warming us into the lower 80s for the afternoon.
Conditions are forecast to improve by Monday, as the remains of Nestor move quickly off the coast out into the Atlantic.
Florida officials said they activated the state's emergency operations center at its lowest level and are not bracing for life-threatening or devastating damage. Winds as of the 1PM advisory Friday afternoon are sustained at 60 miles per hour.
Much of Mexico Beach is still devastated.
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Tropical Storm Warnings are up from the Okaloosa/Walton county line to Yankeetown, Florida.
AccuWeather National Weather Reporter Jonathan Petramala posted a video on Twitter early Saturday morning which showed storm surge flooding beginning in Apalachicola, Fla.
Surges of 1 to 3 feet were possible in Tampa Bay, the hurricane center said. North Carolina is expected to see some rain as the day wears on with sun breaking by midday, according to WTVD, an ABC affiliate in Durham, North Carolina.
Shellfish harvesting areas off the coast of Florida have been closed by the state's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services until Nestor has passed.
Debris hangs on the side of the building after a large portion of a hotel under construction suddenly collapsed in New Orleans, La., on October 12, 2019.
Tropical Storm Nestor is charging into Florida's Gulf Coast, with heavy rain, strong winds, the risk of tornadoes, and a potentially risky storm surge. These areas will have the best chance to see coastal flooding and also tropical storm force winds.
Forecasters say the outer bands of Nestor or its remnants could bring a batch of rain and some gusty winds to the South Jersey region on Sunday.
"Potential Tropical Cyclone 16 has a 90% chance of developing into a tropical or subtropical storm", the NHC said.