Tropical Storm Mindy forms off Florida panhandle

Not long after Tropical Storm Mindy forms off the coast of Florida, forecasters say it will make landfall, with winds of 45 mph and the potential for up to 6 inches of rain, forecasters said.

The National Hurricane Center said the center of the storm was about to make landfall in the panhandle at 7 p.m. ET.

It was about 25 miles west-southwest of Tallahassee from Apalachicola, Florida, and moving northeast into the state at 21 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.

A tropical storm warning has been issued for a stretch of the Florida coast from Mexico Beach to the Steinhatchee River.

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

Mindy is forecast to pass the Florida rotation on Wednesday night and sweep across the state and southern Georgia. Forecasters say the center will be in the Atlantic on Thursday.

The storm’s center said the storm could bring 2 to 4 inches of rain, but could be up to 6 inches in spots, the storm center said.

The Mexican beach where the tropical storm warning began, about 300 miles from Port Fourchon in Louisiana, where Hurricane Ida made landfall as a destructive and deadly Category 4 hurricane on August 29.

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