A tropical storm warning remains in effect as Hurricane Teddy draws closer to Bermuda with “a gradual increase to Tropical Storm force winds, outbreaks of rain, showers, and dangerous surf and swells”.

Forecasters at the Bermuda Weather Service (BWS) say: “Strong Tropical Storm Force gusts are possible with Teddy’s passage mid-day today, then a lull is expected to occur late this afternoon prior to a secondary surge with Gales emerging as the back side of Teddy drags a cold front across our area.”

Those Northwest Gales are expected to persist into early Tuesday morning.

As of 9am this morning, Hurricane Teddy was located at 30.5º N 63.0º W moving NNE at 9 mph with maximum sustained winds at 100 mph, 160 miles to the southeast of the island, packing sustained winds of 98 mph with gusts to 121 mph.

The Category 2 hurricane is expected to pass some 120.8 miles to the east-southeast of Bermuda around noon today.

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) say: “The center of Teddy is forecast to move east of Bermuda today.

“Wind gusts near tropical-storm-force have been reported on the island and tropical storm conditions could continue into Monday evening.

“Teddy is expected to transition to a powerful post-tropical cyclone as it moves near or over portions of Atlantic Canada late Tuesday through Thursday, where there is an increasing risk of direct impacts from wind, rain and storm surge.

“A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for portions of Nova Scotia, and heavy rainfall across Atlantic Canada is expected with Teddy between Tuesday and Thursday after it becomes a strong post-tropical cyclone.”

Meanwhile, the NHC said: “Large swells produced by Teddy are expect to affect portions of Bermuda, the Leeward Islands, the Greater Antilles, the Bahamas, the east coast of the United States, and Atlantic Canada during the next few days.

“These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.”

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