(CNN)Tropical Storm Mindy, which shaped within the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday afternoon, will beget landfall within the Florida Panhandle interior hours, the National Hurricane Heart said in a night time replace.
A tropical storm warning used to be issued for areas from Mexico Seaside to the Steinhatchee River, in accordance with the hurricane center. The warning affects more than 100,000 of us.
The center of Mindy used to be about 25 miles west-southwest of Apalachicola and the storm had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph as of 8 p.m. ET.
For the reason that plan is so shut to land, there’ll be restricted time for intensification. Mindy is forecast to switch inland as a minimal tropical storm.
Heavy rain is expected to be the first threat. Flash flood watches were in develop for portions of the panhandle. Some locations might possibly defend shut up 2-4 inches of rain before Mindy exits into the Atlantic on later Thursday morning.
“This rainfall might possibly additionally simply form remoted to scattered flash, urban, and itsy-bitsy movement flooding,” the hurricane center said.
There might be additionally a threat of tornadoes, forecasters said.
CNN’s Judson Jones and Gene Norman contributed to this file.