Nestor makes landfall on St. Vincent Island; Watch flight video

Impacts weaken over Florida, increase across Carolinas tonight

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Thunderstorms have vanished around the center of Nestor as the system loses its tropical characteristics with the 2 p.m. update.

Heavy rains have ended across northern Florida and the tornado threat is diminishing as drier air undercuts Nestor's circulation and slides into our area Saturday afternoon. However there are more than 1,200 power outages in Jacksonville near the Monument Road area of Arlington. 

The tropical storm broke into two separate sections where the heavy rain and severe storm threat targeting the Florida peninsula even though the low level center of Nestor lags far behind near the panhandle.

At this point, the track is much less important as the post-tropical storm becomes absorbed into a cold front sending rain into Georgia this evening and up into the Carolinas Sunday. Nestor is no longer tropical or strengthening and will only weaken after it moves inland.

North Florida's rain will break up this afternoon with showers continuing into the early evening before drying overnight.

The bulk of the rain moves off the North Carolina coast into the Atlantic by late Sunday.

Local impacts:

Winds 25-35 with higher gusts with a wind advisory until 11 pm.

High Surf from 4-7 feet and tides running 1' above normal.

Isolated tornado threat may increase north into Georgia this evening while severe potential decreases elsewhere in Florida. 

There will be about an inch of rain across our area through Saturday. The ground is going to suck up the water because it has been so dry here, so there are no real flood concerns.

Nestor will be north of the Waycross, Georgia, area Saturday evening.

After 5 p.m. Saturday, we will start to see conditions drying out in the southeast part of our area. Those patches of drier conditions will spread slowly northward, meaning Southeast Georgia is where it will rain the longest Saturday.

About the Authors:

Mark Collins

After covering the weather from every corner of Florida and doing marine research in the Gulf, Mark Collins settled in Jacksonville to forecast weather for The First Coast.

Rebecca Barry

She is thrilled to be in the River City where she can catch the JU Dolphin's games and study the diverse weather patterns.