Even as Sally soaks the Southeast, another Hurricane is threatening to make landfall in Bermuda. Hurricane Teddy is spinning up into a powerful storm, and is threatening to drench the already-soaked islands. Following that, the storm is expected to move north toward Canada.
Hurricane Sally caused a huge storm surge and flooding along the Gulf Coast between Alabama and Florida. Sally then moved north into the Southeast and continued to bring torrential rainfall. As the storm fell from a hurricane to a tropical storm, then into simple rainstorms, it continued to push up into Georgia and South Carolina.
Much of the Gulf Coast, Georgia, and Northwest South Carolina saw hurricane warnings through the middle of the week. Hurricane Sally, thankfully, only made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane. However, it still sported a considerable storm surge and has caused flooding across the Southeast.
The region, which is no stranger to heavy rains and hurricanes, is still in the grips of the coronavirus pandemic, too. The double impact of the pandemic alongside a heightened hurricane season has made many in the region anxious. Unemployment in the region remains high, while the potential loss of property could magnify the economic impact for people in the Southeast.
Hurricane Teddy became, surprisingly, only the second storm of the Atlantic 2020 season to escalate beyond Category 3. The storm advanced further to become Category 4 throughout the day Thursday. It threatens to become the second hurricane to make landfall in Bermuda in a week.
Monday morning, Hurricane Paulette impacted Bermuda at Category 1. Bermuda, notably, is some 650 miles east of Hatteras, North Carolina, very far from many other landmasses.
Due to its location out in the middle of the Atlantic, Bermuda is a getaway spot for many. It’s also particularly vulnerable to hurricanes, due to its remoteness. The islands were so remote, in fact, that they had no indigenous population when discovered by the Spanish in 1505, making it rare among the islands of North America.
Teddy’s Next Move
After impacting Bermuda, Teddy is expected to move north toward the Atlantic Coast of Canada. The most likely path it could take would be to impact areas like Newfoundland and Nova Scotia after picking up speed along the Atlantic. However, there are other possibilities, and it’s hard to predict what a storm will do that far out.
There is a slight chance that the storm could be pulled to the west as it moves north, causing it to veer into New England. However, this seems less likely than the path that would take it into the Canadian Maritimes.