Savannah, GA – Now that Sally pushes farther away from the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry, we are now turning our attention to the latest tropical systems. We have Tropical Depression 22 and Hurricane Teddy.
Tropical Depression Twenty-Two has now formed in the Gulf of Mexico. The storm is about 235 miles east of Tampico, Mexico. It’s slowly moving to the north.
Maximum sustained winds are near 35mph with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm by Friday. If this happens, it will be named Wildred.
Thursday morning, a tornado-warned thunderstorm caused some significant damage in Effingham County. In Guyton, a tree toppled onto the roof of a house as well as numerous reports of other damage.
Over the past 48 hours, sally has dumped as much as 20 inches or more of rain across the Florida Panhandle and southern Alabama.
In Middle Georgia, some flash flooding remains a threat. As much as as 6 inches of rain has fallen.
Thousands of customers are also without power across the southeast from Sally’s winds.
In the west central Atlantic Ocean is hurricane Teddy. This storm is a large and powerful hurricane, category 4 storm. As of 11 PM EDT, Teddy has 140 mph sustained wind and wind gusts as high as 165 mph. The storm is located 575 miles east-northeast of the Northern Leeward Islands.
The projected path takes Teddy in the general direction of Bermuda. By then, since the water temperatures will be slightly cooler, it is expected to weaken to a category 3 hurricane with 120 mph wind.
If Teddy does indeed impact the islands of Bermuda by next Monday, this will be the second hurricane to do so within a week. Hurricane Paulette made landfall on Bermuda on September 14th.
Next week, Teddy will be approaching the maritime provinces of Canada, still likely as a hurricane.
There is no direct threat to the U.S. at this time from hurricane Teddy.