A pair of storms are bringing heavy rainfall to the southeastern US and Bermuda — marking a new round of trouble during the busy Atlantic hurricane season.
Tropical Depression Mindy made landfall as a tropical storm in St. Vincent Island, Florida, on Wednesday night, the National Hurricane Center said.
The storm, which has winds as high as 35 miles per hour, was expected to cause as much as 6 inches of rainfall across the Florida Panhandle and parts of southern Georgia and South Carolina.
“This rainfall may produce isolated to scattered flash, urban, and small stream flooding,” forecasters said.
Brian McNoldy, a tropical weather researcher at the University of Miami, noted that Mindy had become the 13th named storm of the season.
“The average formation date of the 13th storm is *October* 25th!” he wrote on Twitter.
Meanwhile, Hurricane Larry was moving east of Bermuda on Thursday and expected to drench the island with as much as two inches of rain, forecasters said.
The Category 2 storm is a “large hurricane,” with winds extending outward up to 90 miles from the center, forecasters said.
A hurricane watch has been issued up to parts of the Canadian Maritimes, where the storm is headed on Friday, and large swells from Hurricane Larry were expected to cause “life-threatening surf and rip current conditions” along the US east coast, forecasters warned.
“Gradual weakening is forecast during the next couple of days, but Larry is expected to remain a hurricane during that time,” a National Hurricane Center advisory said.
“Larry should become an extratropical cyclone early Saturday, after passing by Newfoundland, then weaken further while it passes southeast of Greenland Sunday night.”
The storms come during an active 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, which saw Hurricanes Elsa and Ida bring flash flooding and rain to the Northeast.