The current hurricane season in the Atlantic continues to get worse, with multiple tropical disturbances circling the ocean and making landfall. Hurricane Teddy is forecasted to make landfall in Bermuda before turning north to potentially hit Canada. Tropical depression Vicky is just behind Teddy but has continued to weaken in strength. Rene has also been downgraded to a tropical depression and is currently continuing to weaken into nothing but a little bit of wind and rain. Meanwhile, Paulette and Sally have already made it to land and are currently wreaking havoc on the Caribbean and Southern United States. Weather services are continuing to monitor Teddy, Vicky, and Rene closely, as well as any new potential tropical disturbances that threaten to develop in the coming days and weeks.
It’s been an especially active few weeks of tropical disturbances, especially considering Paulette and Sandy’s damage already. Ahead of the next wave of tropical storms and hurricanes, make sure you’re familiar with where each storm is headed and when.
The Situation with Teddy
Right now, Hurricane Teddy is being closely monitored as it gains strength in the Atlantic. As of the morning of Sept. 17, forecasters are predicting it could make landfall in Bermuda just a few short days after Bermuda was hit by Hurricane Paulette. The Weather Channel estimates Teddy may get to Bermuda in the coming days and then make a sharp turn to the north and head for Canada.
Teddy is the second “major” hurricane of this season, meaning it’s a Category 3 or worse. Though Teddy’s path and projection is still a little bit uncertain, The Weather Channel notes that it’s “expected to encounter some increase in wind shear and also the cooler water churned up in the wake of Paulette” as it barrels toward Bermuda, remaining as a hurricane even after making landfall.
Though Teddy isn’t specifically predicted to reach the U.S. coast, it could still run close enough to cause some rain and high winds nearby because of its strength. It’s currently a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds around 130 mph, and even off the coast, that can cause damage on land. If you live along the coast near where Teddy will be traveling, be prepared to experience some of the fallout from its movement.
The Situation with Vicki
As of the morning of Sept. 17, Vicky had been downgraded to a tropical depression, according to the Orlando Sentinel. That means the maximum wind speeds are 38 mph or less, a step below a tropical storm. Tropical storms have sustained winds of 39 mph-73 mph, and hurricanes have sustained winds of 74 mph or higher.
The Orlando Sentinel predicts Vicky will continue to decrease in intensity and become a remnant low (a post-tropical cyclone that’s no longer convective). Vicky is currently moving west-northwest in the Atlantic but is expected to turn west at any moment before then moving west-southwest. The Orlando Sentinel predicts she will fizzle out in the next few days, however, there is potential for Vicky to still cause wind and rain along the coast as she continues to weaken. Depending on how close she stays on her predicted path, she could also potentially add power to other tropical disturbances in the Atlantic or add to any that pop up in the coming days.
Rene Fades Away
At this point, Rene has basically faded out from being a tropical depression and not expected to come back. It was moving through the central Atlantic Ocean but gradually losing speed and shape. It appeared as a tropical depression on Sept. 7 before strengthening to a tropical storm. It vacillated between storm and depression for a week, according to Weather Underground. CNN noted on Sept. 14 that it would probably disappear any time and should not make landfall. However, as we’ve seen throughout the history of tropical storms, these weather patterns can change at any given moment, so while this storm is currently classified as gone, those winds could pick back up or contribute to one of the other tropical disturbances currently in the Atlantic.
The Bottom Line
Both Teddy and Vicky are on track to bring some weather and damage to land in the coming days, however, Teddy’s damage could be significant and last much longer. Though Teddy is currently predicted to reach Bermuda before heading to Canada, the fallout from the wind and rain could still reach the U.S. Vicky, on the other hand, continues to weaken, but she could also still send some rain and winds toward the coast of the U.S. And though Rene has been downgraded to next to nothing, it doesn’t mean that it also can’t contribute to other tropical disturbances currently in the Atlantic.
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