MIAMI - Tropical Storm Teddy formed in the busy Atlantic early Monday and was expected to "become a powerful hurricane" later this week, according to the National Hurricane Center.
A new tropical depression, the 21st of the season, has also formed in the far eastern Atlantic and was expected to be short-lived, according to the hurricane center. Counting Teddy and Tropical Depression 21, the Atlantic is churning with seven systems, including Tropical Storm Sally, Hurricane Paulette, Tropical Depression Rene and two disturbances.
Tropical Storm Teddy was about 1,110 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands and about 1,405 miles east of the Lesser Antilles early Monday. It's moving west-northwest near 14 mph with maximum sustained winds near 40 mph with higher gusts. The forecast shows Teddy making a turn toward the mid-west by mid-week.
Forecasters said the warm water, which is a few degrees hotter than average this year, is expected to help Teddy hit major hurricane-level strength, possibly a Category 3, by mid-week.
"Some of the dynamical hurricane models continue to indicate that Teddy could strengthen faster than that, but I can't bear to make that forecast at this time," Forecaster Stewart wrote in Monday's 5 a.m. advisory.
Large swells generated by Teddy are expected to reach the Lesser Antilles and the northeastern coast of South America Wednesday and will likely cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions, according to forecasters.
There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect at this time.
Teddy is the earliest 19th named storm of the season, beating the unnamed tropical storm recorded on October 4, 2005, according to the hurricane center.
HURRICANE PAULETTE'S EYE CROSSING BERMUDA
As of 8 a.m. Monday, Hurricane Paulette's eye was moving away from Bermuda, and the storm was 1 mph away from category 2 strength, according to the hurricane center.