Welcome to autumn, Tallahassee style

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According to the City of Tallahassee, due to Hurricane Sally, hundreds of residents in the eight-county Big Bend were without power as of Sunday evening. The city itself faced only 13 outages last week, which affected 289 customers.

Power outages, floodwaters and gusty winds are not the only things Hurricane Sally brought to Florida’s capital. The city is now coping with an unexpected  cold front as it approaches the first day of fall.

Temperatures were in the low 60s Sunday morning, are expected to hit as low as 60 degrees early this week, with winds at 10 to 20 mph.

“It’s starting to get a lil chili….”  @kanithegoat, a fourth-year engineering tech student from Miami, said on Twitter.

Another sign of the evolving seasons is Starbucks bringing back pumpkin spice lattes. It may lead you to believe that fall is officially here.

But fall does not start until the autumn equinox arrives, causing the sun to cross the Earth’s celestial equator.

This year, in the United States and everywhere else in the northern hemisphere, fall begins at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The weather reporter with WCTV said this weekend that we should expect mostly cloudy skies this morning, with temperatures in the 60s. Sweaters might be needed as residents head to school and work. Clouds will clear up in South Georgia and the northern Big Bend area on Monday afternoon.

High temperatures are expected to rise into the mid upper 70s, a far cry from the 90-degree weather we experienced during the first four weeks of the semester.

The change in temperature is combined with a current river flood warning issued until 8 a.m. Tuesday. The St. Marks River near Newport on Old Magnolia Road is expected to fall below flood stage this evening.

There have been reports of water beginning to flood the yards of residences near Old Magnolia Road in Wakulla County.

As the cold fronts begin to make their way through the state, Floridians should expect to experience strong winds, rain and thunderstorms. This is autumn, Tallahassee style.

Dave Vogan shared this on Twitter: Sweaters…hoodies…you’ll think about wearing one this coming week. Lots of cool mornings followed by mild afternoons. @abc27. Forecast: wtxl.tv/weather

Additional information is available at www.weather.gov.