Heavy rain is predicted for the panhandle – part of US state bordering Alabama and Georgia – as well as southern Georgia and South Carolina, and is expected to last through Thursday morning.
A swath of the Florida panhandle has been placed under a tropical storm warning after Tropical Storm Mindy made landfall.
The storm touched down over St. Vincent Island, about 15 km west southwest of Apalachicola on Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Mindy could cause as much as 15 centimeters of rainfall across the Florida Panhandle and portions of southern Georgia and South Carolina through on Thursday morning, the National Hurricane Center said.
Scattered flash, urban, and small-stream floods are possible.
Tropical Storm Mindy is moving through the Florida Panhandle tracking east. It will bring some areas up to 6" of rain (flooding), high winds, and an isolated tornado potential. #15Fury @nicholasweather pic.twitter.com/hK1jWKeYfR— WANE 15 Weather (@wanewx) September 9, 2021
11-day recap of the nearly 2,000-mile journey that Invest 91L took to ultimately strengthen into Tropical Storm #Mindy just off the Florida Panhandle. pic.twitter.com/9urXIoCpkv— Nash Rhodes (@NashWX) September 8, 2021
Busy Atlantic hurricane season
Mindy's arrival occurred only a few hours after it had strengthened into a tropical storm on Wednesday evening.
The storm had maximum sustained winds of 75 km/h and was moving northeast at 21 33 km/h, forecasters said.
The tropical storm warning is in effect from Mexico Beach, Florida, to the Steinhatchee River to the east.
That area is about 500 kilometers east of southern Louisiana, where Hurricane Ida made landfall late last month. The region is still recovering from the deadly and destructive Category 4 storm.
Mindy is the 13th-named storm of what has been another busy Atlantic hurricane season.
According to a tweet from Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach, the average date for the 13th-named storm from 1991-2020 was October 24.
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