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Tropical Storm Mindy makes landfall on Florida coast, moves to Georgia

A tropical storm warning has been issued for the Florida Panhandle from Mexico Beach to Steinhatchee River.
Tropical Storm Mindy is nearing landfall in the Florida Panhandle.
Tropical Storm Mindy is nearing landfall in the Florida Panhandle. [ National Hurricane Center ]
Published Sep. 8
Updated Sep. 9

Tropical Storm Mindy made landfall in the Florida Panhandle Wednesday night, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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The center of the storm made land over St. Vincent Island around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, bringing maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and higher gusts, the Hurricane Center announced Wednesday night. By 5 a.m. Thursday, the storm was already over southern Georgia. It no longer poses a threat to the Sunshine State beyond potential excessive rainfall in isolated areas in north Florida.

Mindy is moving northeast at 21 mph, the Hurricane Center said. The center of the system is expected to cross portions of the Panhandle and southeastern Georgia Wednesday night before moving off the southeastern U.S. and into the western Atlantic Ocean by Thursday.

Tropical Storm Mindy formed in the Gulf near the Florida Panhandle Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center announced in its 5 p.m. advisory.
Tropical Storm Mindy formed in the Gulf near the Florida Panhandle Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center announced in its 5 p.m. advisory. [ National Hurricane Center ]

Mindy could produce heavy rainfall of up to 6 inches across the Florida Panhandle and into southern sections of Georgia and South Carolina through Thursday morning, the Hurricane Center said. Scattered flash, urban and small stream floods are possible, as are isolated tornadoes.

Mindy is the 13th named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.

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