New tropical storm forms in the Gulf

HOLT, Fla., Sept. 8, 2021—Warnings are up along the Florida panhandle coast for Tropical Storm Mindy.

Mindy formed in the Gulf of Mexico as winds associated with a low pressure system strengthened in a couple of hours between the National Hurricane Center’s 2 p.m. tropical update and its 4 p.m. advisory on the newly formed tropical storm.

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Mexico Beach east to the Steinhatchee River.

Little intensification is expected prior to landfall, according to the NHC.

On its current east-northeastern heading, the center of Mindy is forecast to cross the Florida coastline during the next 12 hours and then already be offshore of the southeastern United States and over the western Atlantic Ocean by tomorrow before weakening to a depression.

Re-strengthening is not anticipated once it is over the Atlantic, according to the NHC.

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