Teddy forecast to pass overnight on Sunday
Hurricane Teddy is forecast to bring hurricane force gusts to Bermuda on Monday.
The storm is expected to come within about 100 miles of the island overnight on Sunday, by which time it is predicted to have downgraded from Category 4 to Category 2 or 3.
The National Hurricane Centre said at 6am today: “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.”
The Bermuda Weather Service has labelled Teddy a threat to Bermuda.
Senior meteorologist James Dodgson said in his report at 9am today that tropical-storm-force winds would hit the island for much of Monday with the potential for gusts reaching hurricane force.
The south shore is expected to be the main target.
Mr Dodgson said: “The wind will be accompanied by widespread rain and showers at times, as well as the threat of thunder. Overnight into Tuesday, winds only slowly decrease as they begin to back into the north-northwest.
“This is due to the rather sharp pressure increase in the wake of Teddy.”
At 6am today, Teddy was 937 miles southeast of Bermuda, moving northwest at 12mph. It had winds of 132mph, and gusts of 160mph.
Its closest point to Bermuda within the next three days was forecast to be 117 miles to the east at 3am on Monday.
By that time, its sustained winds are expected to be about 110mph.
The NHC described Teddy as a “large hurricane” with hurricane-force winds extending outward up to 60 miles from its centre and tropical-storm-force winds extending outward up to 230 miles.