Tropical system emerges over South Florida as Hurricane Teddy targets Bermuda, Beta moves toward Texas

By Joe Mario Pedersen, Orlando Sentinel on

Published in Weather News

ORLANDO, Fla. - The National Hurricane Center remains attentive to several storm systems in the Atlantic including still-large Hurricane Teddy, a new tropical system with odds of development over South Florida and Tropical Storm Beta migrating toward Texas.

First, Hurricane Teddy remains a powerful Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph and is moving north-northeast at 9 mph, the NHC said in its 8 a.m. update.

Teddy is about 160 miles southeast of Bermuda, which is under a tropical storm warning. A tropical storm watch is in effect for Lower East Pubnico to Main-a-Dieu Nova Scotia, Canada.

Teddy is forecast to pass over Bermuda on Monday and keep moving northeast toward Nova Scotia

Although Teddy has lost some of its defined structure as a result of passing through cold waters upwelled by Hurricane Paulette, the storm is expected to gain some strength by Wednesday night.

After that, a front is forecast to interact with Teddy forcing it to become post-tropical by the end of the week. The storm front will likely cause Teddy to grow even larger. Teddy, which earlier in the week had 140 mph winds and was the season's second major hurricane, still has hurricane-force winds extending outward up to 70 miles from its center and tropical-storm-force winds extending up to 230 miles.


Next, Tropical Storm Beta remains a small storm but is forecast to produce tropical storm conditions over portions of the Texas coast Monday morning, according to the 8 a.m. update.

Beta has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph, and is moving at 6 mph west. The storm is about 70 miles southeast of Port O'Connor, Texas and 120 miles south-southwest of Galveston.

Beta's tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles from its center.

Beta is forecast to make landfall Monday night. After, Beta will begin losing strength but is expected to retain its structure throughout the week at least until Friday when it is forecast to dissipate.


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