UPDATE: Thursday, September 9, 2021, 8:27 a.m. - Mindy has been downgraded to a tropical depression this morning. Continue to remain weather aware and #axReady. Sign up for free emergency alerts from ALERTJAX here: JaxReady.com/ALERTJAX
Early Wednesday evening, Tropical Storm Mindy quickly formed in the Gulf of Mexico, setting a course for the Florida panhandle, as well as the First Coast. While this system will bring heavy rainfall, moderate wind and thunderstorms, it’s not expected to strengthen further and become a hurricane. Still, it’s important to be prepared.
“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. “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 consistently clearing drainage systems in flood prone areas throughout the City. Mindy is expected to bring between one and two inches of rain overnight tonight 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. Not just tonight and tomorrow, but throughout hurricane season. Jaxready.com has checklists and information to help you plan for storms and emergencies, as well as a link to quickly locate your evacuation zone.
Mayor Curry also encourages citizens to keep up to date with impacts from this storm through the City of Jacksonville website (coj.net), JAXREADY.COM, the JaxReady mobile app, and local media outlets. Our call center, 630-CITY, will also be available to citizens who have questions, concerns and issues to report.