SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - PTC 16 transitioned to Tropical Storm Nestor Friday afternoon. Tropical Storm warnings had already been issued for portions of the Gulf Coast.
A local timeline of conditions -
After gorgeous weather, filtered sunshine, and high temperatures in the 70s, Friday clouds will thicken late afternoon and evening. Showers, then widespread rain, move in from the southwest early Saturday morning.
Saturday is forecast to be a wet, windy day as what is forecast to be ‘Nestor’ moves through our region. The heaviest, most-widespread rain is forecast to occur Saturday afternoon and evening, followed by improving weather early Sunday morning.
Heavy Rain –
Widespread rainfall totals between 1 and 3 inches are likely by the time all is said and done. Most of the rain accumulates Saturday afternoon and evening. A few isolated spots may receive between 3 and 5 inches; like the rain event earlier this week.
Gusty Breezes –
This is not going to be a big wind event for the Coastal Empire, nor the Lowcountry. Sustained winds between 20 and 30 MPH are likely Saturday. Winds will occasionally gust between 35 and 45 MPH. Gusts may peak a bit higher in exposed areas; rivers, bays, beaches. Very minor tree damage and isolated power outages are possible. These wind speeds are within the range of a normal windy day.
High Tides –
Winds switch to an easterly direction tonight into Saturday ahead of approaching Invest 96-L (Nestor?). Tides will increase as onshore winds persist and increase. Minor, to moderate, coastal flooding is expected. Highway 80 should remain open, but water may cover the shoulders of the road midday Saturday.
Fort Pulaski’s highest tide will be midday Saturday; peaking around 9.6’. Coastal flooding is forecast to remain minor in the Lowcountry as well.
There could easily be a few rotating storms Saturday, especially during the evening as some of the heftier rain bands move through. While the risk of tornadoes is not high, one or two cannot be ruled out. Have a way to receive severe weather alerts Saturday, just in case.