Say Hello (and Goodbye) to Mindy. Don’t Panic.

After about a week of bubbling about in the Gulf of Mexico, a cluster of storms has finally organized itself enough to become Tropical Storm Mindy. The system promises to bring heavy rainfall to the upper Florida peninsula and portions of the panhandle, though the wind threat is generally minimal.

A tropical storm warning has been issued for a portion of America’s Armpit The Big Bend of Florida, covering the area between Mexico Beach and the Steinhatchee River. Mindy is expected to produce storm total rainfall of 2 to 4 inches with maximum amounts of 6 inches across the Florida Panhandle into southern portions of Georgia and South Carolina through Thursday morning. This rainfall may produce isolated to scattered flash, urban, and small stream flooding. A few isolated tornadoes are possible over portions of the Florida Panhandle this evening into tomorrow morning.

For the Attractions area, the storm center is far enough away that direct impacts are expected to be minimal… perhaps no more than 1-2 inches of rain and, as always, a low-end risk of isolated severe storms depending on how the broader system travels over the next day or so. Truthfully, it probably won’t feel much different than it has already been feeling today with plenty of rain bands rolling through. Keep calm and carry on!

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