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Gulf coast watches TS Nestor

National Hurricane Center/NOAA

Tropical Storm Nestor is bearing down on the northern Gulf Coast with high winds, surging seas and heavy rains. Forecasters expect blustery winds and heavy rain in parts of Alabama, Georgia and northern Florida, reaching the Carolinas and Virginia by Sunday. The system is threatening to hit an area of the Florida Panhandle that was devastated one year ago by Hurricane Michael. That earlier storm left thousands of people homeless and nearly wiped the Panhandle city of Mexico Beach off the map. By contrast, Florida doesn’t appear to be bracing for a catastrophe. As of Friday evening, the state had activated its emergency operations center, but only at its lowest level. In an area that's recently gone weeks without rain, the storm was seen more as a welcome sight.

Pat Duggins is news director for Alabama Public Radio.
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