Mindy makes landfall just hours after strengthening to tropical storm

Tracking the Tropics

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Tropical Storm Mindy has made landfall just four hours after forming earlier Wednesday.

Mindy had winds of 44 mph when it made landfall on St. Vincent Island, Florida at 9:15 p.m., the National Hurricane Center said.

Mindy is moving northeast at 21 mph.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Mexico Beach to Steinhatchee River in Florida. A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case in the next 6 to 12 hours.

Mindy is forecast to continue moving northeast over the next few days and move over the Georiga/Florida line and then out to the Atlantic by Thursday afternoon.

Mindy is expected to drop 2 to 4 inches of rain with maximum amounts of 6 inches across the Florida Panhandle into southern portions of Georgia and South Carolina through Thursday morning.

This is the 13th named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season. On this date in 2020, there were already 17 named storms.

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