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Updated: September 19, 2020 1:53 AM EDT
Tropical Storm Beta will continue to track northward in the western Gulf of Mexico tonight. Beta will turn westward on Saturday. As the storm slowly tracks westward, there will be a chance for this to become a hurricane over the warm Gulf waters. It is likely to weaken some as it nears the Texas coastline next week. No matter what strength it is if or when it pushes onshore, rain and wind will be over much of the western Gulf of Mexico. Significant flooding is possible from the coast of Texas through Louisiana and even into Mississippi. The damage from both Laura, Marco and Sally could lead to additional damage to the same area. Interests along the entire Gulf Coast should closely monitor the progress of the storm.
Major Hurricane Teddy continues to track northwestward in the central Atlantic Ocean tonight and Saturday. Teddy is currently a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale and is likely to remain a major hurricane through the weekend. Teddy is expected to track close to Bermuda on Sunday night and Monday. We are currently anticipating Teddy to bring 1-2 inches of rain to Bermuda. All residents and interests should closely monitor the progress of Teddy and be prepared for what could be a much stronger hurricane than what was experienced earlier this week with Paulette. Thereafter, Teddy may head toward Atlantic Canada, likely moving over Nova Scotia Tuesday night or Wednesday.
Tropical Storm Wilfred is located several hundred miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands. Over the next few days, Wilfred will steadily move west-northwestward across the central Atlantic. Some strengthening may occur through the next few days before Wilfred encounters increased shear, causing it to weaken and become non-tropical by midweek next week. Wilfred will not pose any major impacts to land.
Subtropical Storm Alpha quickly moved onshore and dissipated over Portugal and Spain.
A tropical wave will emerge off the west coast of Africa this weekend, and this system could attempt to become an organized tropical system early next week.
We are also monitoring post-tropical cyclone Paulette as it continues to swirl several hundred miles to the north-northwest of the Azores. Paulette will move southward over the next couple of days before stalling over some warmer waters to the southwest of the Azores. This warmer water may allow Paulette to regenerate into a tropical cyclone later in the weekend or early next week.
By AccuWeather Meteorologist Alan Reppert, updated by Senior Meterologist Michael LeSeney
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