Miami, Fl. (Florida News Network)-At 500 PM EDT, the center of Tropical Storm Nestor was located near latitude 27.0 North, longitude 88.5 West, about 280 miles southwest of Panama City, Fl.
Nestor is moving toward the northeast near 22 mph, and this general motion is expected to continue through Sunday, followed by a turn toward the east-northeast on Sunday.
On the forecast track, the center of Nestor will approach the northern Gulf Coast tonight and move inland across portions of the southeastern United States Saturday and Sunday as it becomes a post-tropical cyclone. Nestor is expected to move offshore of the coast of North Carolina into the western Atlantic by late Sunday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is possible tonight. Nestor is forecast to weaken after it moves inland, and it is expected to lose tropical characteristics and become post-tropical on Saturday.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles, mainly to the northeast and east of the center.
The estimated minimum central pressure based on data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is 999 mb (29.50 inches).
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Navarre Florida to Yankeetown Florida
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for Indian Pass Florida to Clearwater Beach Florida
Graphic credit:National Hurricane Center