Sunday 27 September, 2020

Tropical Storm Teddy forecast to intensify

Photo: US National Hurricane Centre.

Photo: US National Hurricane Centre.

Tropical Storm Teddy is expected to become a hurricane later today, according to the latest US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) forecast.

At 11am AST, the centre of Tropical Storm Teddy was located about 1250 miles (2015 km) east of the Lesser Antilles.

Teddy is moving toward the west near 14 mph (22 km/h) and a westward motion is expected to continue today, followed by a slightly slower west-north-westward motion tonight and Tuesday.

 

A turn toward the northwest and a further decrease in forward speed is forecast by Wednesday.

Teddy has maximum sustained winds that are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) from the centre. Steady strengthening is forecast during the next few days and Teddy is expected to become a hurricane by Tuesday night.

Large swells generated by Tropical Storm Teddy are expected to reach the Lesser Antilles and the north-eastern coast of South America on Wednesday. 

These swells are likely to cause life- threatening surf and rip current conditions.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

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