ORLANDO, Fla. – The peak of hurricane season is two days away, and the National Hurricane Center is watching Hurricane Larry in the Atlantic and a tropical storm in the northeast Gulf of Mexico.
According to the National Hurricane Center’s latest advisory, Mindy made landfall on St. Vincent Island in Florida at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday. NHC said the storm is 35 miles south-southwest of Tallahassee.
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The system has maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and is moving northeast at 20 mph. The northeast to east-northeastward motion is expected to continue over the next several days, according to the hurricane center.
Little change in strength is expected before Mindy makes landfall in the Florida Panhandle Wednesday night, forecasters said.
The storm is expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds, according to the hurricane center.
Mindy is expected to produce rainfall of 2 to 4 inches, with maximum amounts of 6 inches across the Panhandle into southern portions of Georgia and South Carolina through Thursday morning. The rainfall may lead to flooding.
A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued from Indian Pass to Steinhatchee River.
A few isolated tornadoes are also possible over portions of the Panhandle Wednesday evening into Thursday morning.
The system is also expected to bring a few storms to Central Florida over the next couple of days, ramping up rain chances to 60% in the Orlando area.
Meanwhile, Larry is a Category 2 hurricane with 105 mph winds as it spins.
As of Wednesday night, Larry was 375 miles east-southeast of Bermuda, moving northwest at 15 mph.
Larry’s projected path will keep it east of Bermuda and away from the United States.
However, Larry will continue to increase the rip current risk at Central Florida beaches.
The next named storm will be called Nicholas.
Sept. 10 marks the peak of hurricane season, which runs through November.
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