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Tropical Storm Mindy makes landfall on the Florida Panhandle

Part of the Florida Panhandle was under tropical storm warning after Tropical Storm Mindy made landfall on Wednesday night.

According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm made landfall on Saint Vincent Island, about 15 km west-southwest of Apalachicola.

The National Hurricane Center said Mindy could cause 15 cm of rain in the Florida panhandle and parts of southern Georgia and South Carolina by Thursday morning. Flooding is possible in scattered flash, urban and small stream.

Mindy’s arrival came just hours after it strengthened into a tropical storm on Wednesday evening. Forecasters said the storm had maximum sustained winds of 75 km/h and was moving to the northeast at 33 km/h.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from Mexico Beach, Florida east to the Steinhatchie River. 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 devastating Category 4 storm.

 

Mindy is the 13th named hurricane in what has been another busy Atlantic hurricane season. According to a tweet by 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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