Hurricane Teddy expected to strengthen overnight, could be a Category 4 hurricane by Thursday

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Credit: National Hurricane Center

BERMUDA (NewsNation Now) — Hurricane Teddy is continuing to strengthen in the Atlantic Ocean with winds of 100 mph as forecasters say it could become a Category 4 Hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center.

As of 5 p.m. CT, the hurricane was situated more than 800 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. Forecasters said it was likely to become a major hurricane, reaching Category 4 strength on Thursday. Hurricane-force winds extend up to 35 miles from the center, the NHC reported.

Large swells created by Teddy are reaching the Lesser Antilles, the coast of South America and is extended to spread to the Greater Antilles, the Bahamas and the Bermuda by Friday. This could cause life-threatening rip current and surf conditions.

The storm is on track to hit Bermuda, which is forecast to be in the path of the powerful storm. Bermuda was affected by Hurricane Paulette this week. The storm as of Wednesday was not predicted to affect the United States.

While Teddy is still in the Atlantic while Hurricane Sally made landfall near the Florida-Alabama line Wednesday with 105 mph winds and rain, swamping homes and trapping people in high water for what could be a long, slow and disastrous drenching across the Deep South. Tropical Cyclone Paulette slowed in the Atlantic Ocean and Tropical Storm Vicky headed west over the open Eastern Tropical Atlantic, the NHC said.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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