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US Tropical storm warnings for Gulf Coast as system strengthens

19:50  18 october  2019
19:50  18 october  2019 Source:   ap.org

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Tropical storm warnings have been issued for the Gulf Coast as a system that could become Tropical Storm Nestor strengthens in the Gulf of Mexico.

Tropical storm warnings have been issued in southern Louisiana from the mouth of the Pearl River at the border with Mississippi to Grand Isle, from Intracoastal City to Tropical - storm -force winds are possible in the tropical storm watch area along the Mississippi Gulf Coast by Friday night or Saturday.

MIAMI (AP) — A strengthening weather disturbance moving toward the southern United States with heavy rain and wind is expected to become a tropical storm Friday as it nears the Gulf Coast, forecasters said.

Workers in a bucket begin the process of planting explosive charges on two unstable cranes at the Hard Rock Hotel, which underwent a partial, major collapse Saturday, Oct. 12, in New Orleans, viewed Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. Authorities say explosives will be strategically placed on the two unstable construction cranes in hopes of bringing them down with a series of small controlled blasts ahead of approaching tropical weather. Officials hope to bring the towers down Friday without damaging nearby businesses and historic buildings in and around the nearby French Quarter. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)© Provided by The Associated Press Workers in a bucket begin the process of planting explosive charges on two unstable cranes at the Hard Rock Hotel, which underwent a partial, major collapse Saturday, Oct. 12, in New Orleans, viewed Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. Authorities say explosives will be strategically placed on the two unstable construction cranes in hopes of bringing them down with a series of small controlled blasts ahead of approaching tropical weather. Officials hope to bring the towers down Friday without damaging nearby businesses and historic buildings in and around the nearby French Quarter. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The system, which would be named Nestor, should bring a wet weekend across much of the drought-parched Southeast, where some events were being canceled and officials were trying to calm fears of a hard hit.

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A storm surge warning has been issued for part of Florida’s Gulf Coast as well. A storm has to have winds Tropical - storm -force winds extend up to 115 miles mainly to the southwest of the center It could become a hybrid system , or a subtropical storm . Slow strengthening expected through Friday

Tropical storm watches and warnings have been posted for parts of the Gulf Coast . Storm Surge, Coastal Flooding. South to southwest winds ahead of the system blowing over a long fetch of the Gulf of Mexico may generate swells that may reach the northern and eastern Gulf Coasts as soon as

Forecasters said at 11 a.m. that the system was about 230 miles (365 kilometers) south-southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River. It had top sustained winds of 60 mph (95 kph) and was moving to the northeast at 22 mph (35 kph).

A tropical storm warning was in effect from the Mississippi-Alabama line to Yankeetown, Florida, and from Grand Isle, Louisiana, to the mouth of the Pearl River.

Forecasters expect blustery winds and heavy rain in parts of Alabama, Georgia and northern Florida, reaching the Carolinas and Virginia by Sunday.

In New Orleans crews were preparing to explode two badly damaged construction cranes that are towering over a partially collapsed hotel project at the edge of the French Quarter. They planned to bring the cranes down Friday just ahead of winds that could cause them to tumble out of control.

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Tropical storm warnings have been issued from the Mississippi/Alabama border to the Ochlockonee River, Fla Besides the wind, the system is forecast to bring between 2 to 4 inches of rain across the central Gulf Coast , northern and central If the system strengthens into a tropical storm , it would

The system is expected to continue to intensify, and tropical storm watches and warnings and storm surge watches have been issued for parts of the Winds are currently sustained at 35 mph, and the weather system is forecast to slowly strengthen before its center reaches the Gulf Coast on Friday.

High schools from Alabama to the eastern Florida Panhandle canceled or postponed football games scheduled for Friday night, and officials in Panama City tried to assure residents that the storm wouldn't be a repeat of Category 5 Hurricane Michael last year.

"We are optimistic this will be a slight wind and rain event," said Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford.

The system could dump from 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimeters) of rain from the central Gulf Coast to the eastern Carolinas, where many areas are dried out from weeks without rain, and as much as 6 inches (15 centimeters) in spots, forecasters said.

Seawater pushed inland by the storm could rise as much as 5 feet (1.5 meters) as storm surge in Florida's Big Bend region, much of which is less-developed than the rest of the state's coast.

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