100-foot waves possible offshore as Hurricane Teddy nears East Coast

James Marshall
September 24, 2020

By Monday afternoon, Teddy was southeast of Bermuda when it was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane with winds reaching at least 119 kilometres per hour.

In an interview Sunday morning, the Canadian Hurricane Centre's Bob Robichaud said he didn't expect Teddy to have as much of an impact as Dorian did a year ago.

However, Jeremy March, also with the CHC, said there is a good chance the storm could change direction and have slightly different effects.

By late Monday, Teddy is expected to be picked up by a deep upper-level trough that will allow for a brief intensification.

Meteorologists are continuing to track the path of Hurricane Teddy, which is expected to bring with it rain and a lot of wind to parts of Newfoundland and Labrador beginning on Tuesday.

It is set to make landfall pre-sunrise Wednesday morning east of Halifax along the eastern shore regions of Nova Scotia, with wind, storm surge and rainfall warnings expected.

Environment Canada has also issued storm surge warnings for Nova Scotia's Atlantic coast, saying the storm will push huge waves into the area on Tuesday.

Accuweather senior meteorologist Steve Wistar previously told the Advance/SILive.com that waves churning from the storm's center will move westward towards the tri-state area - creating potentially rough surf, adding that swimmers getting caught in rip currents could be a concern.

The forecast track of Hurricane Teddy
The forecast track of Hurricane Teddy

Environment Canada says that means that tropical storm conditions are possible over parts of the region within 36 hours.

The fierce weather could also bring a storm surge for southwestern Newfoundland and the worst ocean waves on Wednesday, with large waves to begin building on Tuesday. Hamilton says that these waves would be roughly the height of the 7th storey on an apartment and will occur within a couple hundred kilometres south of the Scotian Shelf.

FIRE DANGER: With the ongoing drought, sunny skies Tuesday morning and early afternoon, very low humidity, and strong winds, there is an elevated fire risk for Tuesday and Wednesday. Parts of Nova Scotia - Halifax up through the central part of the province - are expecting to get 50-60 millimetres of rain and sustained winds of 65 kilometres per hour or greater.

Despite the reduction in wind speed, Teddy remains a large hurricane with its most powerful wind force extending up to 80 miles (130 km) from its centre of circulation.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 230 miles (370 km).

The centre of the storm should land on the Atlantic coast around Wednesday afternoon, which is when the rest of Teddy will hit.

As the situation has the potential to be impactful, continue to check back for updates as we keep an eye on Teddy's movements.

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