While Nestor is no longer a tropical cyclone, its effects have begun to impact the Southeast and is forecast to make its way through coastal South Carolina from Saturday night to Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington, North Carolina.
The storm was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone on Saturday, the NWS reports. Still, Myrtle Beach and surrounding areas are expected to see minor impacts, including wind gusts between 35 mph and 45 mph and a “slight risk” of tornadoes as Nestor passes through, the weather service said.
The National Hurricane Center has the earliest arrival of tropical storm-force winds in Myrtle Beach and surrounding areas around 2 a.m. Sunday. By 8 a.m., the NHC projects those winds to arrive in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The NWS projects the storm’s center to be over Myrtle Beach at 7 a.m. Sunday.
The NWS advises that isolated tornadoes could develop tonight into Sunday morning along the S.C. coast, with less of a threat west of Interstate 95 “where cooler temperatures should prevail.” The service notes that a tornado watch could go into effect if conditions present a further likelihood of tornadic activity.
The National Weather Service projects 2 to 4 inches of rainfall in the area including northeastern South Carolina and southeastern North Carolina, with Myrtle Beach projected to get about 2 1/2 inches according to the NWS’s Saturday morning briefing, its final one for this storm.
Nestor began moving across Florida from the Gulf Coast on Saturday afternoon and is was forecast to be over Georgia in the evening. The NWS service notes that confidence in the storm’s track and impacts is high.