TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Hurricane Tammy continued to strengthen over the open Atlantic on Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
As of the latest forecast, Tammy’s winds have increased to 105 mph, making it a Category 2 hurricane.
The NHC said Tammy is located about 515 miles south-southeast of Bermuda. The storm is expected to make a northward turn on Wednesday, followed by a slower northwestward motion on Thursday and Friday.
Tammy is forecast to begin weakening as it nears Bermuda and will become a powerful post-tropical cyclone by Thursday, according to the NHC. A cold front sweeping across the U.S. will help “nudge” it westward, keeping it away from the U.S.
“Bermuda will be impacted, but it looks like that’s about it, as far as this storm goes,” WFLA Meteorologist Rebecca Barry said.
Hurricane Otis slams Mexico as a Category 5 storm
Meanwhile, the Pacific cost of Mexico is reeling from a hit from Hurricane Otis. The catastrophic Category 5 storm slammed Acapulco and nearby towns overnight with 165 mph winds.
Otis rapidly intensified Tuesday, growing from a tropical storm to a Category 5 monster in just 12 hours. It is the strongest hurricane to impact Acapulco.
“There are only seven other storms that have had this rapid intensification in such a short time,” Matthew Wine, Chief Meteorologist at Nexstar’s WDHN, said. “The only one in the Atlantic was Wilma. Most were in the western Pacific or southern Indian oceans.”
The 5 to 10 inches of rain forecast, with as much as 15 inches possible in some areas, raised the threat of landslides and floods. The storm has weakened considerably since reaching land and is expected to dissipate Wednesday night.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.