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BREAKING: Upgraded Tropical Storm Mindy to cross Florida this evening, Thursday morning

The National Hurricane Center has just issued advisories ahead of Tropical Storm Mindy, a powerful storm currently situated in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico at 4:00 p.m. ET today.

Earlier today, Disney Dining brought you news of the increased chance of the storm passing overĀ  Florida, and at that time, it was still a tropical system. It has since been upgraded to a tropical storm and given the name “Mindy.”

The storm is currently 90 miles west-southwest of Apalachicola, Florida, with maximum sustained winds right now of 40 miles per hour. It is moving northeast at approximately 21 miles per hour.

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for the coast of the Florida Panhandle along an area from Mexico Beach to Steinhatchee River.

“The center of Mindy is expected to cross the coastline of the Florida Panhandle later tonight, and then move offshore of the southeastern United States into the western Atlantic Ocean by tomorrow,” the National Hurricane Center said in a statement. “Little change in strength is expected before Mindy makes landfall tonight.”

The storm is expected to produce rainfall of up to 4 inches, with some areas seeing as many as 6 inches. Those areas located in the Florida Panhandle and in the southern parts of the state of Georgia and South Carolina are expected to see higher amounts of rainfall beginning this evening through tomorrow morning.

There is also the possibility of isolated tornadoes with this storm.

About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!