(LOOP NEWS CARIBBEAN) – At 5am AST the centre of Hurricane Teddy was located near latitude 18.3 north and longitude 52.3 west.
Teddy is moving northwest at approximately 12 miles per hour and according to the National Hurricane Centre, this general motion is expected to continue through the weekend.
Maximum sustained winds are near 105 miles per hour with higher gusts.
Additional strengthening is forecast during the next couple days with Teddy becoming a major hurricane Thursday night or Friday.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 255 miles.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 970 MB (28.65 inches).
Large swells generated by Teddy are reaching the Lesser Antilles and the northeastern coast of South America and should spread westward to the Greater Antilles, the Bahamas, Bermuda, and the east coast of the United States by the weekend.
These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.