What to Know
- Forecasters say the system will approach the Gulf Coast on Friday or Saturday with gusty winds and rough seas.
Rain from Tropical Storm Nestor is lashing Florida's Gulf Coast as the storm continues to race toward the Florida Panhandle.
On Friday night, the National Hurricane Center said the storm was centered about 140 miles southwest of Panama City, Florida. It had top sustained winds of 60 mph and was moving to the northeast at 23 mph.
Forecasters expect storm surge and winds to increase along the Gulf Coast on Saturday.
A tropical storm warning is in effect from Navarre to Yankeetown in the Florida Panhandle and a storm surge warning extends from Indian Pass to Clearwater Beach, Florida.
Forecasters say Nestor will race inland over the Florida Panhandle on Saturday morning and weaken as it moves across parts of the U.S. Southeast over the weekend.
It's expected to travel over the North Carolina coast into the Atlantic by Sunday.