STORM TEAM 8 FORECAST: Strong storm in the Gulf, soggy start to the weekend


TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – We’re continuing to track Potential Tropical Cyclone 16 developing to our west in the Gulf Of Mexico. Hurricane Hunters will investigated this system this morning and found it stronger. For now, the system still lacks a well defined center of circulation. When/if this storm does – it will be called Subtropical or Tropical Storm Nestor.

Expect a breezy afternoon with a better coverage of showers and isolated storms. Otherwise, it will be mostly cloudy with high temps in the lower 80s.

This tropical system will make landfall on the Florida Panhandle Saturday morning. Although the strongest of the wind and heaviest of the rain will occur there, we’ll have a gusty and soggy start to the weekend across the Tampa Bay area. Locally heavy rainfall is expected Saturday, especially during the morning hours. A few strong/severe storms are possible with a small tornado threat.

A Storm Surge Warning is effect from Clearwater all the way up the Nature Coast with higher than normal high tide cycles, especially Saturday morning. Some coastal flooding and beach erosion is possible with tides up to a couple feet above normal. A Tropical Storm Warning is effect for waters offshore of the Nature Coast. Some low end tropical storm conditions are possible Saturday for northern areas.

A few showers and storms are possible Sunday but overall it will be a much drier day as this tropical system races off to our northeast.

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