Maine Could See Hurricane Teddy Next Week
As Hurricane Sally winds down dumping tons of rain across the Southeast United States, many more hurricanes or potential hurricanes are forming right now in the Atlantic Ocean. One of those is Hurricane Teddy, which just became an official Hurricane on Wednesday.
Hurricane Teddy is currently inching closer to the islands in the Eastern Caribbean, including Puerto Rico, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. It's trajectory, however, has it moving north towards Bermuda, with an impact on the island expected this coming Wednesday, September 23rd, Monday at 2 AM.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts that the path of Hurricane Teddy could likely hit Bermuda. The Weather Channel predicts further details that by the time Teddy hits or passes by Bermuda, the hurricane will be a category 2, with 100 mile per hour winds.
There are a few scenarios predicted after Hurricane Teddy passes Bermuda, both affecting the weather in New England and the Atlantic Canadian Seaboard areas. One prediction, however, shows a trough traveling east along the U.S. eastern seaboard that could redirect Hurricane Teddy right into Maine. Here's how the Weather Channel describes its prediction as follows:
"A sharp southward plunge of the jet stream over the Northeast U.S. this weekend heavily influences Teddy, keeping it either on a northward trajectory or even curling it toward the northwest. In this scenario, Teddy could eventually become a threat to at least parts of Atlantic Canada. If it were to curl northwest, it could even become a threat to parts of New England."
Right now, the weather channel is advising us Mainers and the Canadians to the east of us to start making plans:
"For now, interests in Atlantic Canada and New England should monitor the forecast for Teddy and have their hurricane plans ready in case the storm becomes a threat."
There isn't enough information right now to know the most probable scenery or what exactly we'll be dealing with, but now is the time to start making a plan. Check out the Maine Emergency Management Agency website for details on how you can prepare, including determining if your home is in an area that could flood.