Miami – Post-tropical cyclone Néstor made landfall on Saturday on San Vicente Island, southeast of Panama Beach and northwest Florida, with winds of 45 miles per hour (mph), the National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported acronym in English).
The system began a process of weakening shortly before reaching land and this trend is expected to continue in the next few hours as long as it continues through the so-called Florida Panhandle.
Nestor is located about 5 miles west southwest of Apalachicola, a small town located southwest of the Floridian capital (Tallahassee), and travels quickly with an east-northeast path at 23 mph.RELATED
In its most recent bulletin, the NHC indicated that Nestor will produce up to four inches of water accumulations during the weekend in Florida and parts of the southeastern United States.
The cyclone touched down after producing a tornado that caused damage to homes and a school in central Florida, but still the consequences are minor compared to Hurricane Michael, which in October 2018 impacted this same area and practically razed the town of Mexico Beach
Local media today show images of homes with damaged rooftops and vehicles under rubble, the product of a tornado that occurred Friday night in the city of Lakeland and also part of the roof of the Kathleen Middle School.
On an interstate highway, the tornado turned a trailer that fell on a van in which a family from Illinois was traveling and was visiting the area, reports the Tampa Bay Times. The incident did not cause injuries.
In Pinellas County, in Tampa Bay, high winds have caused damage to a set of mobile homes, without causing injuries, the local Sheriff's Office said.
About 10,000 homes and real estate dawned on Saturday without electricity supply, while several events scheduled for this weekend, especially those that were to be outdoors, canceled or postponed because of Nestor.
Between today afternoon and Sunday, the post-tropical cyclone will travel overland in parts of the southeastern United States, and then return to the high seas off the coast of North Carolina to continue toward the western Atlantic.
The NHC meteorologists point out that there will still be strong winds along the Atlantic coast of the southeast of the country, as well as a sea level rise of up to 4 feet in parts of western Florida.
Georgia and the Carolinas are in the path pattern of the post-tropical cyclone, which could produce tornadoes in those states for the remainder of the day, according to the NHC.