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Sunday, 20 October 2019

Dramatic video shows tractor-trailer knocked over by tornado on Florida interstate as Nestor batters the Southeast bringing heavy rain, strong winds and power outages for 10,000 people

Dramatic video showed a semi-trailer overturn on a Florida interstate as Tropical Storm Nestor swept across the Southeast flooding street, damaging homes, overturning vehicles and leaving nearly 10,000 customers  without power.
The Sunshine State has been hit hard by the storm that was racing across Georgia as of late Saturday.
Hours earlier, it spawned a tornado that damaged homes and a school in central Florida while sparing areas of the Florida Panhandle devastated one year earlier by Hurricane Michael. 
Video shows the storm's powerful winds overturning a tractor-trailer, which crushed a car underneath it and blocked several lanes of traffic on the interstate in Polk County late Friday night, according to WKMG-TV.

There were no injuries reported.
The semi-trailer is seen crushing the SUV along Interstate 4 in Lakeland, Florida, late on Friday night as rain pounds the area
The semi-trailer is seen crushing the SUV along Interstate 4 in Lakeland, Florida, late on Friday night as rain pounds the area
The surveillance image from I-4 shows traffic backed up late on Friday as a result of the overturned tractor-trailer
The surveillance image from I-4 shows traffic backed up late on Friday as a result of the overturned tractor-trailer

The storm made landfall Saturday on St. Vincent Island, a nature preserve off Florida's northern Gulf Coast in a lightly populated area of the state, the National Hurricane Center said.
Nestor is expected to bring one to three inches of rain to drought-stricken inland areas on its march across a swath of the U.S. Southeast. 

The image above shows a different angle of the camper sitting on top of the same home in Kathleen
The image above shows a different angle of the camper sitting on top of the same home in Kathleen

A camper rests on top of a boat trailer and the corner of a home as Tropical Storm Nestor passed the area in Kathleen, Florida, on Saturday
A camper rests on top of a boat trailer and the corner of a home as Tropical Storm Nestor passed the area in Kathleen, Florida, on Saturday
Forecasters said it also was raising an overnight threat of severe weather in the Carolinas as it continued to speed toward the Atlantic Ocean.
While all tropical storm and surge warnings had been canceled by Saturday afternoon in Florida, the storm escalated weekend threats of possible twisters and severe thunderstorms elsewhere in the South.
The storm spun off at least three tornadoes in Florida as it moved north through the Gulf that caused damage.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office said several homes were damaged and Kathleen Middle School had a large section of its roof torn off when the tornado hit late Friday near Lakeland, about an hour's drive southwest of Orlando.
As of 10:50pm local time on Saturday, flash flood warnings and severe thunderstorm watches were in effect in areas of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia
As of 10:50pm local time on Saturday, flash flood warnings and severe thunderstorm watches were in effect in areas of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia
Parts of the Eastern seaboard stretching from Atlanta to New York will see rainfall this weekend
Parts of the Eastern seaboard stretching from Atlanta to New York will see rainfall this weekend
Nestor is expected to bring 40-50mph wind gusts throughout the southeastern coast on Sunday
Nestor is expected to bring 40-50mph wind gusts throughout the southeastern coast on Sunday
Photos posted by The Ledger newspaper and ABC News showed a home with a destroyed roof, downed trees, a large recreational vehicle thrown onto its side and vehicles buried under debris. 
About 10,000 homes were without power Saturday.
'Thankfully, we have not had any reported serious injuries,' Sheriff Grady Judd said in a Saturday statement.
'However, there are many people dealing with damage to their homes and property this morning, some of it severe.'
Mango Marley's opens after Tropical Storm Nestor passed Mexico Beach. Nestor was downgraded Saturday after it spawned a tornado that damaged homes and a school in central Florida but spared an area of the Panhandle devastated one year ago by Hurricane Michael
Mango Marley's opens after Tropical Storm Nestor passed Mexico Beach. Nestor was downgraded Saturday after it spawned a tornado that damaged homes and a school in central Florida but spared an area of the Panhandle devastated one year ago by Hurricane Michael 
The above image shows minor flooding along the bay and river in Apalachicola, Florida on Saturday
The above image shows minor flooding along the bay and river in Apalachicola, Florida on Saturday
Some 10,000 people were left without electricity as a result of the storm, according to authorities
Some 10,000 people were left without electricity as a result of the storm, according to authorities
Apalachicola is a town of some 2,300 residents in Franklin County, Florida. It is located on the shore of Apalachicola Bay, an inlet of the Gulf of Mexico
Apalachicola is a town of some 2,300 residents in Franklin County, Florida. It is located on the shore of Apalachicola Bay, an inlet of the Gulf of Mexico
The roof of one of a home in Polk County, Florida is ripped off after a tornado touched down in the area
The roof of one of a home in Polk County, Florida is ripped off after a tornado touched down in the area
Downed power lines and trees damage homes as Nestor passed through Kathleen on Saturday
Downed power lines and trees damage homes as Nestor passed through Kathleen on Saturday
The overturned mobile home is seen from an aerial view in Polk County, Florida, on Saturday
The overturned mobile home is seen from an aerial view in Polk County, Florida, on Saturday
Photos taken by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office on Friday show Alligator Point Road washed out from the storm
Photos taken by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office on Friday show Alligator Point Road washed out from the storm
Photos taken by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office on Friday show Alligator Point Road washed out from the storm
Another suspected tornado in southwest Florida damaged at least a dozen homes in Cape Coral, some severely, the police department said in a statement. 
No injuries were reported. Another tornado was reported in Pinellas County, producing minor damage at a mobile home park.
In Georgia, remnants of the storm spread heavy rains and triggered two National Weather Service warnings of potential twisters in the state's south on Saturday evening. 
The system is expected to cut through the Carolinas before heading out to the Atlantic Ocean by Monday morning
The system is expected to cut through the Carolinas before heading out to the Atlantic Ocean by Monday morning
As of Saturday night, Nestor was hovering over the Carolinas, bringing heavy rain and strong winds
As of Saturday night, Nestor was hovering over the Carolinas, bringing heavy rain and strong winds
Radar indicated possible tornadoes separately in areas around Rhine and Vienna, Georgia. But there was no immediate confirmation of any tornadoes and no injuries or damages were reported.
Elsewhere, news outlets reported some downed trees and power lines in metro Atlanta as heavy rains spread across Georgia. 
Photographs showed downed trees blocking some roadways.
In Mexico Beach, Florida, where a powerful October 2018 storm nearly wiped out that Panhandle town and left thousands homeless, the mayor said Saturday that Nestor brought some needed rain to a portion of the state suffering from drought. 
But there was no damage there.
'There have been no issues,' said Mayor Al Cathey, whose city is still recovering from Michael. 

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