A weather disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico was expected to strengthen into Tropical Storm Nestor Friday before making landfall over the Florida Panhandle, bringing storm force winds, flooding and heavy rainfall, according to the National Hurricane Service.
The system was then expected to track northeast through the weekend, pounding a swath from Georgia through the Carolinas with heavy rainfall and gusty winds.
Gale-force winds are possible along portions of the Atlantic coast of the southeastern United States by Saturday.
The system, labeled Potential Tropical Cyclone 16, was located early Friday about 390 miles south-southwest of the Mississippi River, moving northeast at 14 mph.
A tropical storm warning was in effect from the Mississippi and Alabama border to Yankeetown, Florida, about 90 miles north of Tampa, and from Grand Isle, Louisiana to the mouth of the Pearl River.