Teddy intensifies to 140 mph!
Hurricane Teddy is now a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph! Slight strengthening is expected with a projected peak intensity of 150 mph maximum sustained winds tonight or tomorrow before gradual weakening ensues. It's going to be a close call, but it should pass just east of Bermuda Sunday night into Monday morning, but Bermuda is still in the forecast cone.
The following is from the National Hurricane Center:
Key Messages: 1. Teddy is expected to approach Bermuda as a hurricane this weekend and make its closest approach to the island late Sunday or Monday. While the exact details of Teddy's track and intensity near the island are not yet known, the risk of strong winds, storm surge, and heavy rainfall on Bermuda is increasing. 2. Large swells produced by Teddy are expected to affect portions of the Leeward Islands, the Greater Antilles, the Bahamas, Bermuda, and the southeastern United States late this week and into the weekend. These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS INIT 17/2100Z 20.1N 54.1W 120 KT 140 MPH 12H 18/0600Z 21.2N 55.2W 130 KT 150 MPH 24H 18/1800Z 22.8N 56.6W 125 KT 145 MPH 36H 19/0600Z 24.5N 58.1W 125 KT 145 MPH 48H 19/1800Z 26.3N 59.9W 120 KT 140 MPH 60H 20/0600Z 28.0N 62.1W 110 KT 125 MPH 72H 20/1800Z 29.5N 63.3W 105 KT 120 MPH 96H 21/1800Z 33.9N 63.0W 95 KT 110 MPH 120H 22/1800Z 41.3N 62.0W 80 KT 90 MPH