Despite the storm downgrading, the storm is still expected to bring rain to North Carolina this weekend.
Timing the rain. Isolated showers are possible this afternoon, but most the rain arrives after sunset. Rain will stick around through early Sunday, and taper off early tomorrow afternoon. pic.twitter.com/79zfHVTzjf— Brittany Bell (@BrittanyABC11) October 19, 2019
The Polk County Sheriff's Office said several homes were damaged and Kathleen Middle School had a large section of its roof torn off when the tornado hit late Friday near Lakeland, about an hour's drive southwest of Orlando.
An isolated tornado is possible tonight through Sunday morning in southeastern North Carolina. The slight risk, level 2 out of 5, includes southern Sampson and Robeson county. pic.twitter.com/j6XZ7Bxgne— Brittany Bell (@BrittanyABC11) October 19, 2019
The National Hurricane Center said Nestor lost its shape Saturday and became a post-tropical cyclone, but that the system still packed high winds and dangerous storm surge along the northern Gulf Coast. The system could dump from 2 to 4 inches of rain from the central Gulf Coast to the eastern Carolinas and as much as 6 inches in spots, forecasters said.
Forecasters said Nestor was centered Saturday near Panama City, Florida. It had top sustained winds of 50 mph and was moving to the northeast at 9 mph.
Forecasters expect blustery winds and heavy rain in parts of Alabama, Georgia and northern Florida, reaching the Carolinas and Virginia by Sunday.
In Central North Carolina, the heaviest rain will fall through the overnight hours. Sunday will begin with scattered showers but rain will taper off around noon. Rainfall totals will range between 1 to 3 inches on average. Winds will gust as high as 25-30 mph in our northern counties and close to 40 mph in the Sandhills. There's also a chance for a brief spin up tornado across southeastern North Carolina.