Mindy weakens after making landfall in Florida as a tropical storm

Mindy, now a tropical depression with 35-mph winds, could dump heavy rainfall across southeast Georgia and coastal South Carolina Thursday morning.

The system formed off the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday, making landfall at about 9:15 p.m. near St. Vincent Island as a tropical storm with 45-mph winds, forecasters said. It was responsible for blowing a semitruck off the road near Tallahassee.

Mindy was about 80 miles south-southeast of Valdosta, Georgia, and moving northeast at 20 mph early Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm is expected to bring 2 to 4 inches of rain, but up to 6 inches in pockets of southeast Georgia and coastal South Carolina.

Tropical storm warnings in place for a stretch of the Florida coast from Indian Pass to Steinhatchee River were lifted.

Mindy is the 13th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. It formed in the Gulf of Mexico at around 5 p.m.

Mindy crossed the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday night and swept across the state and southern Georgia.

Indian Pass, where the tropical storm warnings were in place, is around 300 miles from Port Fourchon, Louisiana, where Hurricane Ida made landfall as a destructive and deadly Category 4 storm on Aug. 29.

At least 26 people in Louisiana died in the hurricane or in its aftermath, the state Health Department said. Hundreds of thousands of people remained without power Wednesday.

The remnants of Ida then caused record rainfall and devastating flooding in the Northeast. At least 45 people died in New York and New Jersey.

One person each also died in Maryland and Connecticut, and five people died in Pennsylvania, officials said.