Teddy transformed this Thursday into a powerful Category 4 hurricane with sustained maximum winds of 140 miles per hour (220 km/h) in the Atlantic. It may continue to strengthen and the storm surges it will cause would affect the east coast of the United States.
11 AM AST Hurricane #Teddy key messages. #Teddy has strengthened into a major hurricane, and interests in Bermuda should monitor forecast updates as the risk of impacts is increasing. More: https://t.co/tW4KeFW0gB pic.twitter.com/ke6McJhPb8
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 17, 2020
Teddy a destructive prognosis
The hurricane is the second, after Laura, to reach that category of the Saffir-Simpson intensity scale of a maximum of 5 so far from the cyclone season in the Atlantic of 2020.
Hurricane #Teddy Advisory 23: Large and Powerful Hurricane Teddy Moving Northwestward. Large Swells Forecast to Spread Across Much of the Western Atlantic Into This Weekend Increasing Rip Current Threat. https://t.co/VqHn0uj6EM
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 18, 2020
“Additional strengthening is possible overnight (Thursday). Fluctures are expected in its intensity on Friday and Saturday. Then it will start to weaken over the weekend,” the National Hurricane Center (NHC) predicted.
The tides generated by Teddy were reaching the Lesser Antilles and the northeastern coast of South America. They will extend to the Bahamas, Bermuda and the east coast of the United States over the weekend, according to the NHC.
These storm surges are likely to cause hangovers and sea current conditions that are dangerous to people.
Teddy was 575 miles northeast of the Lesser Antilles and according to NHC forecasts would hit the Bermuda archipelago next week.
ARE STORM NAMES EXHAUSTED?
A tropical wave in the southwest Gulf of Mexico is better organized and possibly transforms into a tropical storm that would be called Wilfred, thus depleting the list of names for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season and meteorologists will have to resort to the Greek alphabet.
Wilfred would be Tropical Storm 21 and the next would be called Alpha, which already happened in the deadly 2005 hurricane season that had 28 systems, setting a record in the Atlantic, according to CNH data.
In 2005 meteorologists designated four additional storms such as Alpha, Gamma, Delta and Zeta, and two of these were transformed into Beta and Epsilon hurricanes.
The World Meteorology Organization‘s naming system uses lists of names of women and men, one name for each letter of the alphabet not including q, u, x, y, z because there are not enough names for those letters.
Each of the name lists is assigned to each season and if a storm or hurricane is destructive, such as Katrina and Maria, its name is removed and replaced with another that begins with that same letter.
There are still two and a half months left of the current season that has been predicted “extremely active” and the formation of 25 tropical storms of which 11 could be transformed into hurricanes was predicted and of these, six could reach the highest categories with winds of more than 119 miles per hour.
Low pressure area in Gulf of Mexico now has 90% chance of tropical cyclone formation in next 48 hours per National #Hurricane Center. Next Atlantic name is #Wilfred and would be 21st named storm of season. Current record for earliest Atlantic 21st named storm is Vince (10/8/2005) pic.twitter.com/EgEgHnbIpX
— Philip Klotzbach (@philklotzbach) September 17, 2020
So far 20 storms and eight hurricanes have formed and one of them, Laura, made landfall in Louisiana as category 4 last August. Teddy is already the second-highest-grade cyclone reaching 3 on Thursday.
Meteorologists said the tropical wave in the Gulf of Mexico is better organized this Thursday “and if this recent development trend continues, a tropical depression or tropical storm could form later today.”
The tropical system has a 90% chance of forming.