Low-pressure system heading for northern or northeast Gulf Free Access

Low-pressure system heading for northern or northeast Gulf Free Access

The National Weather Service warned that "strong winds, heavy rainfall, storm surge flooding, and risky rip currents are likely".

Storm surge: the combination of a risky storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline.

The winds will be confined predominantly to the center and the range won't stretch too far out, staying out of Louisiana and not arriving along the Florida coast until late Friday night/early Saturday morning.

But AccuWeather's Chief Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said that tropical development can occur anytime into Saturday.

A tropical cyclone is a generic name for what we call tropical storms and hurricanes and other parts of the world call typhoons and cyclones. It gives officials the opportunity to send out watches and warnings in advance of the storm actually forming.

Hurricane hunters are scheduled to investigate the area Thursday.

The biggest threat with this storm will be storm surge, as ocean water could rise up to 5 feet from Apalachicola to Cedar Key, Florida.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued a state of emergency declaration on Thursday as a result of the storm's projected impacts in addition to lingering issues from last week's deadly collapse of a hotel that was under construction near the city's French Quarter.

Like many landfalling tropical systems, this one has a chance of producing tornadoes as well. Temperatures will remain in the low 60s to upper 50s Saturday night. Winds will be easterly and mostly northeasterly through the day. "Areas north of Tampa, west of Orlando and up into Jacksonville should be on alert". The forecast is for this system to become Nestor later on Friday. A turn toward the northeast is expected this afternoon or tonight, and a northeastward motion at a faster forward speed is expected on Friday and Saturday. A storm surge watch is also in effect from Indian Pass to Clearwater, Fla., where the National Hurricane Center is forecasting a potential surge of several feet.

Tropical storm Nestor has formed in the Gulf of Mexico.

Winds aren't forecast to be too strong, with gusts near 50 miles per hour possible.

Right now, that portion of the Southeast coast is under a tropical storm warning. By then it will be a tropical storm.

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