Large breaking waves measuring 5 to 11 feet will strike the Space Coast surf zone through Tuesday as Hurricane Teddy treks northward far offshore, the National Weather Service warns.
Meteorologists have issued a high rip current risk warning, a high surf advisory and a coastal flood warning through 8 p.m. Tuesday.
“Very hazardous boating and beach conditions will continue into early next week, with windy northeasterly winds persisting as large, long-period swells arrive from distant Major Hurricane Teddy,” a NWS hazardous weather outlook said.
“Rough, pounding surf and a high risk of numerous strong rip currents can be expected at area beaches, along with the potential for moderate to significant beach erosion during high tide cycles at least through Monday,” the outlook said.
Water may cover some low-lying roads and properties, forecasters warned, with minor flooding possible on north Merritt Island.
What’s more, a wind advisory remains in effect until 8 p.m. Sunday. Northeast winds of 25 to 30 mph — with gusts around 40 mph — may blow down tree limbs and trigger power outages, especially along Brevard’s barrier island.
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At 2 p.m. Sunday, Hurricane Teddy was located about 270 miles south-southeast of Bermuda and packing maximum sustained winds of 105 mph.
Formerly a Category 4 monster, Hurricane Teddy is now a Category 2 storm moving northwest at 9 mph.
Large swells generated by the hurricane were impacting the U.S. East Coast, Atlantic Canada and the Bahamas, Bermuda, Lesser Antilles and Greater Antilles, the National Hurricane Center reported.
Today’s forecast calls for an 70% chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8 p.m., with a high near 86.
Chance of showers will decrease to 60% tonight, 30% Monday and 20% Tuesday.
Rick Neale is the South Brevard Watchdog Reporter at FLORIDA TODAY. Contact Neale at 321-242-3638 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @RickNeale1. To subscribe: https://cm.floridatoday.com/specialoffer/