by Paul Garilao, ABS-CBN News
APALACHICOLA, PINELLAS COUNTY and POLK COUNTIES, FL — Close to 10,000 people were left without power, as intense winds and heavy rain from tropical Storm Nestor battered parts of central and eastern Florida over the weekend.
A tornado that touched down east of Tampa also severely damaged a school and overturned vehicles, including an 18-wheeler, causing traffic to back-up for hours.
Despite the tropical storm being short-lived, it brought about flash flood warnings to various areas.
So far, there were no reports of storm-related injuries.
Frank Abad owns over 80 rental units in Pensacola, Florida. He’s thankful all of his properties were spared from the tropical storm.
“If it is like hurricane one or two, that’s where I am worried about. But if it is a tropical storm, I am not because the building that we have can withstand a wind 140 miles wind load.”
Meanwhile, Rommel Atoy said he encountered four major accidents on the road.
“Ang lakas ng hangin, ang lakas din ng ulan. I thank God wala na yung mga bata… But when I was going back home to the compound, duon ko na-encounter yung mga accident nga. If you will go straight, definitely you will be stuck at the traffic. I have to re-route myself. It is basically an inconvenience as well.”
“The wind and rain were so strong. I thank God my children were no longer with me. When I was going back home to the compound, I encountered the accidents.”
Atoy added that he made sure he and his family were prepared for tropical Storm Nestor.
“Basically, we get some water, food, batteries. We get a lot of fuel.”
Besides making landfall in Florida, tropical storm Nestor also brought heavy rains to North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware.
Tropical Storm Nestor was the 14th named storm in the Atlantic this year.