JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (PRESS RELEASE) -- MARIANNA, FL -- Jackson County leaders and staff continue to closely watch the track of Tropical Storm Nestor. According to the National Weather Service in Tallahassee, TS Nestor now has maximum sustained winds of 40-60 mph. The strongest winds will be confined closer to the coast. Storm surge values of 3-5 feet above ground are likely in the Apalachee Bay area. Tropical storm force winds will begin to affect the Florida Panhandle as early as dusk, but most likely by midnight.
Jackson County Emergency Management Director Rodney Andreasen stated Friday that he and staff are closely monitoring the situation. A local state of emergency was approved Friday afternoon should conditions worsen and the Emergency Operations Center need to be activated. At this time, activation is not expected.
Potential impacts to our area include limited damage to porches, awnings, carports, sheds, and unanchored mobile homes. Unsecured lightweight objects may be blown about. Tree limbs may fall in wind gusts and shallow-rooted trees may be damaged. Hazardous driving conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways are possible. Scattered power and communications outages may occur. An isolated tornado or two is possible with this system. Tornado potential will increase in the pre-dawn hours on Saturday and continue through early afternoon.
Jackson County residents should prepare by checking weather radios for proper operation, preparing for possible brief power outages, anchoring outdoor furniture or similar items, and staying weather aware as Nestor continues to move towards the panhandle and big bend area.
For continued updates on Tropical Storm Nestor, follow the Jackson County Board of County Commissioners Facebook page.