Tropical Storm Teddy Forms


And now there's Teddy.

Meteorologists at the National Hurricane Center are working overtime to track all of the storms now churning in the Atlantic.

Early this morning, Tropical Storm Teddy formed well out in the Atlantic. The system is expected to intensify rapidly into a major hurricane of Category 3 or higher. Current forecast models show Teddy won't be a threat to the U.S. mainland.

DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
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At 500 AM AST (0900 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Teddy was located near latitude 13.4 North, longitude 40.4 West. Teddy is moving toward the west-northwest near 14 mph (22 km/h). A continued
west-northwestward motion is expected for the next day or two followed by a turn toward the northwest by mid-week.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is anticipated, and Teddy is forecast to become a hurricane in a couple of days.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 1004 mb (29.65 inches).

This is the earliest that the "T" storm has formed in the Atlantic as we are now in peak of the annual season.

If we run out of storm names, the hurricane center will start using letters of the Greek alphabet to keep track of all the tropical systems.

Image courtesy National Hurricane Center

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