Teddy becomes a major Category 3 hurricane
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Hurricane Teddy is now packing the strength of a Category Three hurricane.
In its 11am update, the US National Hurricane Centre said Teddy has maximum sustained winds that are near 120 mph (195 km/h) with higher gusts.
Teddy’s hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from its centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 255 miles (405 km).
NHC said there is a chance that Teddy will intensify tonight but the hurricane is expected to weaken over the weekend.
At 11 am AST, the centre of Hurricane Teddy was located about 610 miles (980 km) east-northeast of the Lesser Antilles and about 1155 miles (1865 km) southeast of Bermuda. Teddy is moving toward the northwest near 12 mph (19 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue for the next few days.
NHC said Teddy is expected to approach Bermuda as a hurricane this weekend and make its closest approach to the island late Sunday or Monday.
While the exact details of Teddy's track and intensity near the island are not yet known, the risk of strong winds, storm surge, and heavy rainfall on Bermuda is increasing.
Swells produced by Teddy are expected to affect portions of the Leeward Islands, the Greater Antilles, the Bahamas, Bermuda, and the south-eastern United States late this week and into the weekend.
These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.