The storms anticipated path flows through parts of Alabama, Georgia and northern Florida.
A potential tropical cyclone is designated when systems are expected to become tropical cyclones and impact land areas within 48 hours.
There is a tropical storm warning in effect for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Tropical storm watches and warnings, as well as storm surge warnings, have been issued in several Gulf states, including Florida.
An area of low pressure over the Bay of Campeche is likely to develop into a tropical or subtropical storm later Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
An area of storms in the Gulf of Mexico is poised to move northeast and impact Middle Georgia over the weekend, possibly as a tropical storm.
Regardless of whether a cyclone forms, risky storm surge, strong winds and heavy rain are expected to hit the warning areas Friday evening and Saturday, the hurricane center says.
The storm system still was over the Gulf of Mexico early Friday, with sustained winds near 40 miles per hour.
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This system is "unlikely ..."
The main impact will be increasing tropical downpours Friday evening into Saturday.
Nestor will continue to strengthen and then make landfall along the Florida Panhandle near Panama City sometime Saturday morning.
We will see 1 to 3 inches of rain pushing across our area in waves on Friday night and into Saturday.
Hurricane season runs through November 30.
A disturbance in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico is likely to become a tropical storm that will hit the northern U.S. Gulf Coast with wind and rain, forecasters said Thursday. If the forecast track remains relatively the same or pushes farther back to the west, heavier rainfall and stronger winds will be expected.
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