Teddy strengthens into a major storm

Posted September 17, 2020 5:07 a.m. EDT
Updated September 17, 2020 12:13 p.m. EDT

A satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, shows five storms churning in the Atlantic basin, from left: Hurricane Sally, Hurricane Paulette, the remnants of Tropical Storm Rene and Tropical Storms Teddy and Vicky. Barely halfway through what one meteorologist called a "hyperactive" season, there is only one entry left on the 21-name list used for storms. (NOAA via The New York Times) -- EDITORIAL USE ONLY --

Teddy has become a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.

The storm has strengthened into a major hurricane, as of 11 a.m. on Wednesday.

The storm is expected to approach the Bermuda as a major hurricane this weekend. The exact details about Teddy's track and intensity are not yet known, the National Hurricane Center reports, but the risk of strong winds, storm surge and heavy rainfall is increasing.

The storm is currently located about 610 miles east-northeast of The Lesser Antilles. Teddy has maximum sustained winds of 120 mph.

The hurricane is moving toward the northwest at about 12 miles per hour, the general motion it is expected to continue through the weekend.

Swells produced by the storm are expected to affect portions of the Leeward Islands, the Greater Antilles, the Bahamas, Bermuda and the southeastern United States later this week.

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