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18 Oct 2019 | 07:57 PM UTC

US: Tropical Storm Nestor to affect Gulf Coast states October 19-20 /update 1

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Tropical Storm Nestor to affect Gulf Coast states October 19-20; heavy rainfall and flooding expected over coming days

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/17/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/20/2019, 11:59 PM (America/New_York). COUNTRY/REGION Mississippi, Florida, Louisiana

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Event

A disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico developed into Tropical Storm Nestor on Friday, October 18. According to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for portions of the Gulf Coast from the Mississippi/Alabama border to Yankeetown in Florida, and from Grand Isle in Louisiana to the Pearl River. Additionally, a Storm Surge Warning has been issued from Indian Pass to Clearwater (Florida state).

As of 13:00 (local time) on Friday, Nestor is located at approximately 26.3°N, 89.5°W (map here) with maximum sustained winds of 96 kph (60 mph). The storm is moving northeast at 35 kph (22 mph) and is expected to continue on this track through Sunday, October 20, followed by a turn toward the east-northeast by early Monday, October 21. The center of Nestor is forecast to approach the northern Gulf Coast late Friday and move inland across portions of the southeastern United States on Saturday and Sunday as it becomes a post-tropical cyclone. The storm is expected to bring strong winds and rainfall totals of 5-10 cm (2-4 in) to the Gulf Coast, with up to 15 cm (6 in) of rainfall possible in isolated areas. Officials have also warned of potential storm surge and flooding in the abovementioned areas.

Associated power outages and disruptions to transportation and business services are possible in areas forecast to be affected by the system over the coming days.

Advice

Individuals in areas forecast to be affected are advised to monitor local weather reports, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate adverse weather and power and transportation disruptions, and remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and never drive through flooded streets; floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.

 

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