10 a.m. update: Track slipping toward east

10-18-10amHOLT, Fla., Oct. 18, 2019—Winds and rain are the primary impacts from the system making its way toward the Florida panhandle today.

As the forecast track of the system continues to slip further toward a central panhandle landfall, the National Weather Service in Mobile decreased wind possibilities to 30-to-40 mph with 55 mph gusts.

Predicted rainfall amounts remain the same at 2-to-4 inches with isolated higher amounts.

Hurricane Hunters found the system stronger with maximum sustained winds near 60 mph.

The storm still doesn’t have the characteristics needed to be classified as tropical storm, such as a tight circular center, according to the National Hurricane Center.

However, continued strengthening is expected and Tropical Storm Nestor could appear sometime today as it nears the coast later tonight.

Tropical storm warnings have been extended to the entire Florida panhandle and Big Bend area.

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