TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The National Weather Service announced around 9:15 p.m. that Tropical Storm Mindy made landfall at St. Vincent Island, Fla. in Franklin County with 44 mph sustained winds.
Since making landfall, Mindy has moved NE across the Big Bend and parts of southern Georgia bringing heavy rainfall and gusty winds throughout yesterday and overnight. Mindy has weakened since making landfall into a tropical depression and has moved back over open Atlantic waters.
Windy brought local wind gusts in excess of 40 mph to our area, with the highest gusts along the coast in Franklin and Wakulla Counties. A few sites along the Forgotten Coast have registered wind gusts as high as 58 mph Wednesday night. Rainfall totals were around 2-4" with some locally higher amounts.
Mindy's landfall makes it the third tropical storm to make landfall in the Florida Panhandle so far this hurricane season, joining Elsa and Fred. Our forecast will now begin to lose its tropical influence as drier air sinks into the region from the NW as a cool front sinks in.