Potential tropical storm forms in Gulf of Mexico

System in the Gulf could become Tropical Storm Nestor

The complex disturbance - technically called Potential Tropical Cyclone Sixteen - is coming together into an organized system.

"Potential Tropical Cyclone 16" is now located off the coast of Mexico and moving on a northeasterly track towards the Florida Panhandle, where it is expected to arrive by Friday evening.

Forecasters say rain is in store for all of North Carolina as a tropical storm is forecast to move over the state this weekend.

A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours. Grand Isle, Louisiana to the mouth of the Pearl River is also under a tropical storm warning.

Tropical Storm Nestor has formed in the Gulf of Mexico this afternoon.

Keep in mind that this is all subject to change and that Hurricane Hunters have not even investigated the system. People should stay alert to the latest on the storm's strength and projected track.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect from Indian Pass to Clearwater Beach, Florida.

Once onshore, the system is forecast to lose its tropical characteristics, but take rainy and windy weather through the Southeastern US, including eastern NC. It will likely become Tropical Storm Nestor over the next couple of days.

For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office.

An area of storms over the Gulf of Mexico should develop into a tropical or subtropical cyclone before slamming into the US Gulf Coast this weekend, the National Hurricane Center said Friday.

The tropical storm warning along the Florida coast has been extended eastward to the aucilla river.

The disturbance, which could become Tropical Storm Nestor, had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kmh) and was located about 600 miles (965 kilometers) southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River.

Clouds will begin to increase Friday night into Saturday as an area of low pressure moves over the Florida Gulf Coast towards the CSRA.

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