But the National Hurricane Center in Miami says Nestor is gradually losing its tropical characteristics. Landfall on either side of Panama City will likely occur early Saturday morning.
Elsewhere, a new storm that brought some rain, snow, and strong storms to Pacific Northwest on Friday and Saturday has already moved across the Rockies this morning. Nestor is expected to move into Florida's west coast and Georgia this weekend.
The storm has weakened significantly as it moves across Florida.
Nestor made landfall on St. Vincent Island, Fla., at 2 p.m. on Saturday with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour. Part of the storm-affected areas may see storm surge inundation of up to 5 feet above ground level, flooding areas near the coast.
The storm is expected to dump 1 to 3 inches of rain over the weekend, according to the center. The front will bring very little rain as it passes Sunday; so, you can only expect a few isolated showers from time to time. Heavy rain was also reported in portions of central Florida, were five inches have been estimated along I-4 between Orlando and Daytona Beach.
Tropical-storm-force winds will arrive along the Gulf Coast by late Friday, with maximum sustained winds expected to be near 100 km/h as the storm moves onshore early Saturday. The winds are expected to cover a large area, and should begin well in advance of the arrival of the center, the NHC said.
"On the forecast track, Post-Tropical Cyclone Nestor will move farther inland over the Florida Panhandle this afternoon, and will then move across portions of the southeastern United States later tonight and Sunday".
48-hour rainfall forecast from the National Weather Service.
The smaller warning area stretches in Florida from Navarre in the Panhandle to Yankeetown on the state's western coast.
Nestor is forecast to make landfall later this morning very close to Port St. Joe as forward motion continues to be to the northeast around 17 miles per hour.
'There have been no issues, ' said Mayor Al Cathey, whose city is still recovering from Michael. Hurricanes Matthew, Wilma, and Opal were all October storms, as was Hurricane Hazel - which went on to produce the worst flooding in Toronto's history - were all October storms. It won't be like Hurricane Michael past year, but coastal flooding is still expected.
Many areas across the region have experienced a flash drought due to the prolonged heat and dry conditions.
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