Tropical Storm Teddy forms in central Atlantic

Sept. 14 (UPI) — Tropical Storm Teddy formed in the central Atlantic early Monday and forecasters expect it will develop into a powerful hurricane within a few days.

The National Hurricane Center said in an 8 p.m. EDT advisory that Teddy was located 1,170 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. It had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and was moving west at 14 mph.

“A continued west-northwestward motion is expected for the next day or two followed by a turn toward the northwest by mid-week,” the NHC said.

The current track of the storm doesn’t appear as though it will approach the United States.

Teddy’s formation is the latest in what is now an extremely active weather map in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.

Tropical Storm Sally is in the Gulf and is expected to strengthen into a hurricane before it makes landfall on or near Mississippi on Tuesday.

Hurricane Paulette is in the western Atlantic, but is not expected to impact the United States. To the southeast, Tropical Storm Rene has turned into a depression — but there’s another system off the African coast that could develop.

There are also two disturbances that could be the makings of tropical storms, one in the Gulf of Mexico west of the Yucatan Peninsula and one right off the African coastline.

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