Hurricane Teddy. Photo: US National Hurricane Centre
Hurricane Teddy is now packing maximum sustained winds that are near 100 mph (155 km/h) in strength, making it a category two hurricane.
In its 11am update, the US National Hurricane Centre said these hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles (45 km) from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend up to 195 miles (315 km).
Additional strengthening is expected to occur during the next couple of days and Teddy could become a major hurricane by late tonight.
The centre of Teddy was located about 775 miles (1245 km) east of the Lesser Antilles.
Teddy is moving toward the northwest near 12 mph (19 km/h) and this general motion is forecast to continue for the next few days.
Large swells generated by Teddy are expected to reach the Lesser Antilles and the north-eastern coast of South America today and 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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