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Last-Minute Tropical Storm Mindy Approaches North Florida

A disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico has quickly become better organized Wednesday and intensified into Tropical Storm Mindy by early evening.

Wind gusts up to 45 mph are likely in coastal Wakulla, Gulf, Franklin, Lafayette, Jefferson and Taylor counties when the strongest rain bands from Mindy rotate through late Wednesday.

Tropical Storm Mindy is forecast to move inland northeastward overnight and weaken quickly across Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia on Thursday.

“While we are not expecting widespread, significant damage, there is still a chance for flash flooding, strong winds, tornadoes and severe thunderstorms,” Mayor Lenny Curry said in an email to WJCT News. “While we are no stranger to these conditions, it’s important that our citizens stay alert.”

Since the start of hurricane season, the city of Jacksonville’s Public Works crews have been out clearing drainage systems in flood-prone areas, the city said. Mindy is expected to bring between 1 and 2 inches of rain overnight and throughout Thursday morning.

“There is a possibility of flash floods in certain areas due to heavy rains and storm surge,” Mayor Curry said. “If you encounter flooded streets while driving, turn around! Do not drive into high waters!”

At this time, the city of Jacksonville is not opening storm shelters or ordering evacuations, but you are encouraged to make sure your storm kit is stocked and that you know your evacuation zone, should you have to act quickly. has a link to quickly locate your evacuation zone.

The city’s call center, 630-CITY, will be available to answer questions address concerns and take reports on any issues during the storm.

Jessica Palombo supervises local news gathering and production, podcasts and web editorial content for WJCT News, ADAPT and Jacksonville Today. She is an award-winning writer and journalist with bylines including NPR, Experience Magazine, and The Gainesville Sun. She has a master’s degree in broadcast and digital journalism from Syracuse University and is an alumna of the University of Florida. A nearly lifelong resident of Jacksonville, she considers herself lucky to be raising her own children in her hometown. Follow Jessica Palombo on Twitter: @JaxJessicaP