Tropical Storm Nestor Throws Tornadoes Across Panhandle This Past Weekend
Updated: Jan 13, 2020
The National Hurricane Center declared Nestor a tropical storm early Friday afternoon, warning of storm surges and dangerous winds for portions of the northern Gulf Coast.
In fact, Tropical Storm Nestor spawned a string of tornadoes that damaged homes and schools, uprooted trees and overturned vehicles as it moved inland from the Gulf of Mexico over the Florida Panhandle, later that evening through the next morning.
The first tornado hit near Seminole about 15 miles west of St. Petersburg around 9:20 p.m. on Friday, the National Weather Service said. A mobile home park was damaged and no injuries were reported.
Around 11:30 p.m., another series of tornadoes originating in Hillsborough County crossed into neighboring Polk County, where it damaged at least 50 homes, damaged the roof of Kathleen Middle School, and threw a camper onto a residence nearby that same school.
Lee County was also struck by a third tornado on Saturday morning, damaging at least a dozen homes.
By Sunday, Tropical Storm Nestor was downgraded to a Post Tropical Cyclone. USA Today reported that Tropical Storm Nestor left a total of eight tornadoes in it's wake this past weekend.
With coastal flooding and damaged property, some wildlife and residents were forced to be displaced from their homes. @AirbnbHelp tweeted on Saturday that Airbnb hosts were opening their homes for free to help those impacted in the Florida Panhandle.
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