Gusty winds and periods of heavy rain heading for the Suncoast

WWSB AM Weather

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Big changes are coming to our weather over the next 24 hours.

Our weather will be driven by a tropical storm or perhaps a hybrid system called a subtropical storm that will bring gusty winds and periods of heavy rains to the Suncoast starting Friday evening and lingering into Saturday.

The storm, which could become Tropical Storm Nestor, will move northeastward across the Gulf of Mexico making landfall late Friday night or early Saturday morning near Panama City Beach with sustained winds near 50 mph.

On the Suncoast, the winds will blow onshore at 15-25 mph Saturday with gusts as high as 35-40 mph. Starting Friday evening and through Saturday a small craft advisory will be in effect. Rip currents will also be a problem for beaches.

We are NOT under any tropical watches or warning, however, the weather may require adjustments to your outdoor plans and severe weather is not anticipated but is also not out of the question. The storms will move past us quickly so total rainfall should not lead to any flood risk.

Weather will begin to improve on Sunday with partly-sunny to mainly sunny skies by afternoon.

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