Tropical Storm Mindy Officially Forms Off Coast of Florida

in Universal Orlando, Walt Disney World

tropical storm mindy

The National Hurricane Center has been watching out for a system forecast to pass over Florida this week, which was predicted to become the next tropical storm of the season as the system moved closer to the United States.

Now, as of Wednesday evening, the system is near the Gulf of Mexico and has officially been declared a tropical storm. The National Hurricane Center posted warnings for the Florida panhandle.

Related: How a Hurricane or Tropical Storm May Impact Your Disney Trip

tropical storm mindy model
Credit: National Hurricane Center

The National Hurricane Center took to Twitter to share the latest update regarding Tropical Storm Mindy, writing:

Here are the 4 PM CDT, September 8th Key Messages for newly formed Tropical Storm #Mindy. Heavy rainfall & Tropical Storm conditions are expected tonight for portions of the Florida Panhandle where a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect.

Latest: https://nhc.noaa.gov/#Mindy

The good news is it seems Mindy’s path has shifted slightly and does not appear it will directly hit the Orlando area, home to popular theme parks such as Disney World and Universal Orlando. Instead, it seems Tropical Storm Mindy will hit the North-end of Florida.

Tropical Storm Mindy will be the 13th storm Florida has dealt with this season, following Tropical Storm Fred and Hurricane Elsa which hit the Orlando area earlier this season. The good news is neither storm did major damage to the Orlando theme park area.

Related: More Hurricanes Predicted to Hit Disney World and Universal This Year

magic kingdom flooded rain
Credit: Cassie C.

Inside the Magic will continue to follow the storm’s path and keep you updated as we get information. Again, if you are planning a trip to Walt Disney World or any other Orlando theme park in the near future, even though it seems Tropical Storm Mindy will not hit the Orlando area, shifts in paths can occur at any moment so make sure to keep an eye on the latest models and plan accordingly.

We do want to note that both Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando are highly equipped to deal with tropical storms and hurricanes, and Guests will be safe staying on an on-property Resort if a tropical storm or hurricane ever does hit the area.

Are you traveling to Florida in the near future? Do you have plans to visit Walt Disney World or Universal Orlando? Let us know in the comments below.

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