Tropical Storm Teddy joins four other “active tropical cyclones” currently in the Atlantic Basin, the National Weather Service (NWS) noted Monday. Teddy, which strengthened from a tropical depression into a tropical storm, is “expected to become a powerful hurricane later this week,” forecast to develop into a hurricane in two days, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) confirmed Monday. No coastal watches or warnings are in effect at this time, according to the latest report Monday by the NHC. But Tropical Storm Teddy is forecast to create “large swells” that are expected to reach the Lesser Antilles region of the Caribbean and the northeastern coast of South America by Wednesday. “These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions,” the NHC warned. A tropical cyclone is a low pressure system that forms over tropical or sub-tropical waters. A tropical depression has maximum sustained surface winds of 38 miles per hour (mph) or less, while the maximum for a tropical storm ranges from 39-73 mph . A hurricane has maximum sustained surface winds of 74 mph or higher, the NWS explains. Tropical Storm Teddy’s maximum sustained winds have reached nearly 40 mph, with higher gusts, and additional strengthening expected…. Read full this story
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