ORLANDO, Fla. – Tropical Storm Nestor that formed in the Gulf of Mexico, becoming the 14th named storm of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season has been downgraded to Post Tropical Storm Nestor.
At last check, the National Hurricane Center said the system, which has maximum sustained winds near 50 mph and some higher gusts. The storm is moving northeast at about 9 mph, forecasters said.
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According to Campos, Central Florida could see waves of rain and storms.
"If you have outdoor plans at any part of the day Saturday, make sure to have an alternate plan just in case," Campos said. "Just like most tropical systems, there will be breaks in the rain and clouds at times during the day on Saturday."
Off-and-on rain and storms will be likely throughout Saturday, along with breezy conditions at times, according to Campos.
The latest models show rainfall totals reaching about 1-1.5 inches by Saturday evening. Campos said most of the rain should be over by Saturday evening, with a just a lingering 30% chance.
According to Campos, the biggest local impacts from Nestor will be tropical downpours, lightning and the risk of tornadoes.
"With all the rain and clouds expected Saturday, highs will run below average, in the mid- to low 80s," Campos said.
The following tropical storm watches and warnings were in effect Friday afternoon, according to the National Hurricane Center:
Tropical storm warning:
- Navarre, Florida to Yankeetown, Florida
Storm surge warning:
- Indian Pass, Florida to Clearwater Beach, Florida
The NHC offers the following definitions for the above watches and warnings:
A tropical storm warning means tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.
A tropical storm watch means tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.
A storm surge watch means there is a possibility of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the coastline in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours.
After Nestor, the next three named storms will be called Olga, Pablo and Rebekah.
Hurricane season runs through Nov. 30.
Continue checking ClickOrlando.com for updates on the storm.