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Sally spreads ‘torrential’ rains over Southeast, Teddy to become major hurricane on way to Bermuda

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A weakened Sally is bringing the risk of flooding across the Southeast on Thursday as another storm in the Atlantic Ocean is gathering strength.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) issued its final advisory on Sally early Thursday, saying the center of the storm was located near Montgomery, Ala., packing 30 mph winds with movement northeast at 12 mph.

“Tropical Depression Sally still producing torrential rains over eastern Alabama and western and central Georgia,” the NHC said.

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Sally continues to weaken as it moves across the Southeast and into the Mid-Atlantic before it gets picked up by a cold front and out to sea on Saturday.

Floodwaters move on the street, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Pensacola, Fla. Hurricane Sally made landfall Wednesday near Gulf Shores, Alabama, as a Category 2 storm, pushing a surge of ocean water onto the coast and dumping torrential rain.

Floodwaters move on the street, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Pensacola, Fla. Hurricane Sally made landfall Wednesday near Gulf Shores, Alabama, as a Category 2 storm, pushing a surge of ocean water onto the coast and dumping torrential rain.
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Heavy rain, high winds with some isolated tornadoes will be the main risks along the trajectory of this system.

Forecast rainfall through Friday from Sally.

Forecast rainfall through Friday from Sally.
(Fox News)

Up to 6 inches of rain is possible across parts of Georgia, while the Carolinas could see up to 10 inches of rain in some locations.

Flood advisories stretch through the Southeast as Sally treks inland.

Flood advisories stretch through the Southeast as Sally treks inland.
(Fox News)

The threat of tornadoes will shift from southern Georgia and northern Florida in the morning, to eastern Georgia and much of the Carolinas by Thursday night.

Some of the peak wind gusts from Hurricane Sally.

Some of the peak wind gusts from Hurricane Sally.
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The other storm we’ll have to keep an eye on in the Atlantic is Hurricane Teddy, which is now a Category 2 storm with winds of 105 mph and is located about 625 miles east-northeast of the Lesser Antilles, according to the NHC.

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Teddy is forecast to become a major hurricane as it moves closer to Bermuda this weekend perhaps taking a direct hit.

Hurricane Teddy can be seen over the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020.

Hurricane Teddy can be seen over the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020.
(NOAA/GOES-East)

After that, the system could get pushed closer to the U.S., possibly by New England late next week, but for now, there are no other storms impacting the U.S. in the next five days.

Forecast models show Hurricane Teddy could come closer to New England by next week.

Forecast models show Hurricane Teddy could come closer to New England by next week.
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Large swells generated by Teddy are expected to reach the East Coast by the weekend and are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Forecast models show Hurricane Teddy could come closer to New England by next week.

Forecast models show Hurricane Teddy could come closer to New England by next week.
(Fox News)

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The cold front that will push Sally offshore is bringing much cooler air into the Upper Midwest, Great Lakes, and then across the Eastern U.S. this weekend. 

The national forecast for Sept. 17, 2020.

The national forecast for Sept. 17, 2020.
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Meanwhile, the West is still up in flames with over 80 large wildfires burning across the region.

Current large wildfires burning across the West.

Current large wildfires burning across the West.
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Critical fire conditions also continue for parts of Oregon, Northern California and the Great Basin.

The fire danger for Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020.

The fire danger for Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020.
(Fox News)

Poor air quality and smoke are still widespread across the region stretching into the central U.S. and even into the Northeast.

Air quality in the West is still being impacted by ongoing wildfires in the region.

Air quality in the West is still being impacted by ongoing wildfires in the region.
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There is some moisture moving into the Northwest in the next few days that will bring temperatures down and produce some much-needed rain for the region, however, we could also see a risk for stronger thunderstorms as well as a few tornadoes.

Smoke from the ongoing wildfires in the West will continue to drift eastward.

Smoke from the ongoing wildfires in the West will continue to drift eastward.
(Fox News)

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Brittany Jordan is an award-winning journalist who reports on breaking news in the U.S. and globally for the Federal Inquirer. Prior to her position at the Federal Inquirer, she was a general assignment features reporter for Newsweek, where she wrote about technology, politics, government news and important global events around the world. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Toronto Star, Frederick News-Post, West Hawaii Today, the Miami Herald, and more. Brittany enjoys food, travel, photography, and hoarding notebooks and journals. Her goal is to do more longform features journalism, narrative writing and documentary work, and to one day write a successful novel and screenplay.

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