Hurricane center down to 2 post-tropical storms Beta and Teddy, both still flood threats

By Joe Mario Pedersen, Orlando Sentinel on

Published in Weather News

ORLANDO, Fla. - After two weeks of following multiple storm systems, the National Hurricane Center is tracking just two post-tropical storms; Teddy and Beta, both of which are degenerating but remain flood threats.

First, what was once Hurricane Teddy is now a post-tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph, and is still moving at a quick 23 mph toward Nova Scotia, according to the NHC's 8 a.m. update. Teddy is banging on the door of Halifax with it just 65 miles east-northeast of its shores and 245 miles southwest of Port Aux Basques, Newfoundland.

Teddy remains powerful and should bring destructive waves to Nova Scotia throughout the day, while forecast to make landfall in Nova Scotia late Wednesday or early Thursday.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the south coast of Nova Scotia from Digby to Meat Cove, and from Port aux Basques to Francois Newfoundland.

Though Teddy is no longer a hurricane it remains an enormous storm with tropical-storm-force winds reaching out to an impressive 520 miles from its center. With such a large reach, Teddy's waves are forecast to affect landmasses far from Nova Scotia, the NHC said.

"Large swells generated by Teddy are affecting Bermuda, the Lesser Antilles, the Greater Antilles, the Bahamas, the east coast of the United States, and Atlantic Canada. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions," the NHC said.

Meanwhile, Beta, also a post-tropical storm continues its northeastward passage through the United States bringing heavy rain to eastern Texas and the lower Mississippi river valley.

Beta has picked up its sluggish pace from 3 mph Tuesday afternoon, to 9 mph Wednesday morning and is 30 miles east-southeast of Houston, Texas, and 70 miles west-southwest of Port Arthur.


Beta retains its maximum sustained winds of 30 mph, and still provides a threat of flash floods throughout southeast Texas and Louisiana. Rainfall totals are expected to be at 3 to 5 inches with some isolated areas receiving 15 inches.

As Beta moves northeast it is expected to hold onto its strength into the weekend, when it is then forecast to dissipate.

For the first time in weeks, the NHC has no areas of interest with potential to develop, but September was a busy month for tropical production and one for the record books.

September saw the development of 10 named storms in the Atlantic- the most of any September on record, which saw the conclusion of the 2020 tropical storm names list and the use of Greek letters Alpha and Beta.

So far, there have been 23 named storms in 2020; falling in line with the National Oceanic and Atmospherics Administration's mid-season forecast of an "extremely active" season predicting 19 to 25 named storms.

The hurricane season ends on Nov. 30.

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