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Hurricane Teddy gaining strength, will upgrade to Category 4 this week

Teddy is now a category 2 hurricane and is forecast to become category 4 later this week.

The National Hurricane Centre said at just about 5am, the centre of Hurricane Teddy was located approximately 820 miles east of the Lesser Antilles.

It’s moving toward the northeast at just under 12 miles per hour and this general motion is forecast to continue for the next few days. There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 100 mph (155 km/h) with higher gusts - a category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward to about 175 miles. Some strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and Teddy is likely to become a major hurricane later today and could reach category 4 strength on Thursday.

Large swells generated by Teddy are expected to reach the Lesser Antilles and the northeastern coast of South America today.

The NHC said this should spread westward to the Greater Antilles, the Bahamas, and Bermuda by Friday. 

These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.  

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