As Tropical Storm Nestor swept through the Gulf of Mexico on Friday night and Saturday morning — with its eye making landfall in the Florida Panhandle — the bulk of the nasty weather blew through the Tampa Bay region causing a tornado watch for Manatee County.
The tornado watch was issued at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning and ended at noon, but other advisories remain in effect through Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
The Weather Service issued a coastal flood advisory for Manatee County until 8 a.m. Sunday, particularly during high tides with coastal flooding possible up to 3 feet above normal.
“The combination of storm surge and tide will cause normally dry areas near the shoreline to be flooded,” the Weather Service states.
A high surf advisory also is in effect through Sunday morning with wave action averaging between 5 to 7 feet. In combination with high surf and potential flooding, wind-driven surf will likely create, “dangerous rip currents,” according to the Weather Service.
“Winds and storm surge should be affecting much of the Gulf Coast of Florida,” the Weather Service states.
Tropical Storm Nestor continues to track northeastward.
“Primary concerns along the Florida west coast continue to be for heavy rainfall, isolated tornadoes and minor to moderate coastal flooding,” the Weather Service said.
Rain chances throughout Saturday are at 90 percent and decrease somewhat in the overnight hours to 60 percent. The system is expected to make its way out of the area by tomorrow and rain chances drop significantly to 20 percent on Sunday with highs averaging in the mid to upper 80s for the next few days.
Winds on Saturday are expected to be between 17 and 22 mph with potential gusts up to 32 mph.