National Security Minister Renée Ming says it’s still too early to tell what Hurricane Teddy will do because its still more than 1,000 mIles southeast of Bermuda.
Speaking at the post hurricane briefing on Tuesday in the wake of Hurricane Paulette, she said there has been “considerable chatter in the community” regarding Teddy’s path.
But at this point in time the Minister said: “Much uncertainty remains, and it is too early to make any predictions about the long-term track.
“Bermuda Weather Service will be continuously monitoring this storm for future developments and we will update the public as always.”
As of 11am this morning Hurricane Teddy was located at 16.5º N 49.7º W packing maximum sustained winds at 100 mph, moving NW at 12 mph.
As of 5am Teddy was located about 820 miles east of the Lesser Antilles with tropical-storm force winds extending out 175 miles. Large swells could begin to hit the Lesser Antilles and South America today.
While forecasters say the closest point of approach to Bermuda within the next three days was expected to be more 900 miles to the southeast of the island by Friday morning, the forecast track is likely to bring this storm’s centre closer to the island.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles.
Hurricane Teddy formed early Wednesday and is a Category 2 storm with winds of 100 mph. It is expected to become a Category 4 major hurricane by Thursday and is headed in Bermuda’s general direction but at present is no threat to land.
While the National Hurricane Center’s “most concerning storm” right now is Sally, the NHC is keeping track of six other systems in the Atlantic – only the second time this has happened in five decades.
The NHC is monitoring Hurricane Paulette, Hurricane Teddy, Tropical Storm Vicky, and three other systems with potential to develop.
As of 5am on Tuesday (September 15) Hurricane Paulette was moving quickly at a fast 29 mph with maximum sustained winds at 100 mph with higher gusts.
Hurricane-force winds extend up to 80 miles from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds reach outward up to 255 miles.
Paulette brought heavy rains to Bermuda while also producing swells, generating life-threatening rip current and surf conditions as far away as the southeastern U.S., the NHC said.
The surf conditions were responsible for the death of a 60-year-old man man Monday who went swimming off Lavallette, New Jersey with his 24-year-old son, according to a report by the Associated Press. Both were rescued but only the son lived.
Tropical Storm Vicky was located 755 miles northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph moving west-northwest at 9 mph with tropical-storm-force winds extending out 80 miles.
Despite significant wind shear, Vicky is not weakening as forecasters expected, but the storm is still expected to lose strength and reach a remnant low within a couple days.
The NHC is also monitoring three other tropical developments in the already busy Atlantic.
And there’s a new system “in a nontropical area in the far northeast Atlantic Ocean several hundred miles northeast of the Azores”.
Forecasters say the low-pressure system will move south-southeast in the next few days where it could run into warmer waters with the potential to grow.
But the NHC says this system has a 20 percent chance to form in the next two to five days.
If any of these systems develop into a tropical storm, it will be named “Wilfred” – the final name on the 2020 Hurricane season.
Any storm that develops after that will be designated a letter from the Greek alphabet.