Just days after Hurricane Ida destroyed parts of the southeastern United States, Tropical Storm Mindy hit. It came in through the panhandle of Florida Wednesday night. The video above shows Mindy hitting Franklin County, Florida Wednesday night.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Mindy was still dumping rain as a tropical depression as of 11:00 a.m. EST on southeast Georgia and coastal South Carolina. The center was located offshore the Georgia Coast, about 45 miles south-southeast of Savannah. It was moving east-northeast at just under 21 mph.
Mindy is expected to continue dumping rain as it moves across southeastern Georgia and over the western Atlantic by later in the day. Gradual weakening is expected on Friday and Mindy is forecast to become a remnant low by Friday night.
The hurricane center said Mindy is expected to drop as many as 6 inches of rain in parts of coastal South Carolina through early Thursday afternoon. This may produce isolated to scattered flash, urban, and small stream flooding.
Mindy made landfall as a tropical storm, dropping rain over St. Vincent Island, Florida Wednesday night. St. Vincent Island is part of the state’s Big Bend area, which has already been saturated from Hurricanes Elsa and Ida.
“Now we’re seeing where people who weren’t flooded a week or two ago are now flooded as the water moves throughout the county,” Dixie County Emergency Management Office spokesperson Mandy Lemmermen said. She added the area expected between 2 to 4 inches of rain from Mindy.
“There’s no hope of going home anytime soon because of how deep the water is,” Dixie County resident Van Hook told a local TV station in Gainesville on Wednesday. She has been living at a hotel for weeks because her property is flooded, and there’s no electricity in her home. “There’s no place for us to even walk you know. I had to remove my horse from the property, and I lost my chickens.”
Mindy is the 13th-named storm of what has been another busy Atlantic hurricane season. According to a tweet from Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach, the average date for the 13th-named storm from 1991-2020 was Oct. 24.