8:30 p.m. Update:
Former Tropical Storm Nestor has spread heavy rains over a large part of Georgia and triggered warnings for two potential twisters in the state.
The National Weather Service issued two tornado warnings Saturday evening for southern Georgia. Radar indicated possible tornados in areas around Rhine, Georgia and Vienna, Georgia. But there was no immediate confirmation of any tornadoes and no injuries or damages were reported. Elsewhere, news outlets reported downed trees and power lines in metro Atlanta as heavy rains spread across Georgia. Photographs showed downed trees blocking some roadways in that major city.
Nestor made landfall earlier Saturday on Florida's northern Gulf Coast as a post-tropical cyclone after losing its tropical storm status. Remnants of the storm were forecast to head overnight across the Carolinas, raising the threat of severe thunderstorms over a wide swath of the coast during the night.
5 p.m. update: Nestor is moving northeast through the Florida Panhandle at 23 mph. Winds are topping around 40 mph.
2 p.m. update: Post-Tropical Nestor made landfall on St. Vincent Island in the Panhandle at 2 p.m. Saturday.
11 a.m. update: Tornado Watch for NE Florida has been canceled. The First Alert Weather team will continue monitoring coastal showers for the possibility of a tornado/waterspout through this afternoon.
10 a.m.update: There is a Tornado Watch in effect in Clay, St. Johns, Bradford and Putnam counties until noon.
5 a.m. update: A Storm Surge Warning is in effect along the Florida Gulf Coast from Indian Pass to Clearwater Beach. Tropical storm force winds are spreading across portions of the Florida Gulf Coast, according to the National Hurricane Center. Isolated flash flooding is possible.
TROPICS: Saturday will be breezy with several bands of heavy showers and thunderstorms. There will be an isolated tornado threat through the day.
The heaviest rain and strongest storms will diminish west to east late in the afternoon into the early evening.
Keep the First Alert Weather App handy in case there are any severe weather alerts for your area.
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