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09/19/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/19/2020 16:26

NEWS RELEASE

NEWS RELEASE

Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

NEWS RELEASE

***...TEDDY EXPECTED TO GROW IN SIZE EARLY NEXT WEEK... ...LARGE SWELLS THAT CAN CAUSE RIP CURRENTS WILL AFFECT MOST WESTERN ATLANTIC COASTS THROUGH THE WEEKEND...***/b>

At 4:00 p.m., the center of Hurricane Teddy was located near latitude 26.7 North, longitude 60.2 West. Teddy is moving toward the northwest near 20 km/h, and this general motion is expected to continue through tonight. A turn toward the north or north-northeast is expected by Sunday evening, followed by a faster northward motion into early next week. On the forecast track, Teddy will approach Bermuda on Sunday and the center will pass just east of the island Monday morning.

Maximum sustained winds are near 195 km/h with higher gusts. Teddy is a category 3 hurricane
on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some slow weakening is expected over the next couple of days.
A more pronounced decrease in Teddy's maximum winds is forecast to begin early next week.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 95 km from the center and tropical-storm-force
winds extend outward up to 405 km. The wind field of the hurricane is forecast to
increase substantially starting on Sunday night.

Hurricane Teddy is not a threat to Jamaica.

The Meteorological Service will continue to monitor the progress of this system.

Meanwhile...

***...BETA NOW STATIONARY OVER THE NORTHWESTERN GULF OF MEXICO...
...STORM SURGE WARNING ISSUED FOR PORTIONS OF THE TEXAS COAST...***

At 4:00 p.m., the center of Tropical Storm Beta was located near latitude 26.6 North,
longitude 92.4 West. Beta has been nearly stationary for the past several hours.
A westward drift is expected tonight, followed by a slow motion toward the
west-northwest that should continue through late Monday. On the forecast track,
the center of Beta will slowly approach the Texas coast Sunday and Monday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 95 km/h with higher gusts. Slow strengthening is
expected during the next couple of days, and Beta could be near hurricane strength as it
approaches the Texas coast.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 280 km from the center, mainly in
the northern semicircle. A ship near the center of Beta recently reported winds of 87 km/h.

Tropical Storm Beta is not a threat to Jamaica.

The Meteorological Service will continue to monitor the progress of this system.

Also...

***...TINY WILFRED MOVING WEST-NORTHWESTWARD...***

At 4:00 p.m., the center of Tropical Storm Wilfred was located near latitude 14.0 North,
longitude 39.2 West. Wilfred is moving toward the west-northwest near 22 km/h, and this
general motion is expected to continue through Sunday, followed by a westward motion late Sunday
and Monday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 65 km/h with higher gusts. Little change in strength
is expected during the next day or so. Weakening is expected on Monday, and Wilfred is expected to
dissipate by Tuesday.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 75 km from the center.

Tropical Storm Wilfred is not a threat to Jamaica.

The Meteorological Service will continue to monitor the progress of this system.

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