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Hurricane Sam path 2021 LIVE – ‘Ferocious’ storm becomes Category 4 with 145mph winds as spaghetti model tracks it

HURRICANE Sam has strengthened from a tropical storm over the Atlantic and is now expected to be a major storm.

The storm, which is the 18th named one of the season, became a Category 4 on Sunday and briefly weakned to a Category 3 on Monday before strengthening back to a 4 on Tuesday.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has confirmed the "small but ferocious" Category 4 storm currently has maximum sustained winds of 145mph.

Sam strengthened into a hurricane shortly before 5am on Friday morning, and is expected to become a major hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Sam is currently about 1,400 miles east-southeast of the Leeward Islands but is heading west toward them.

A hurricane warning has been put in place for the Atlantic.

Read our Hurricane Sam live blog for the latest news and updates...

  • SWELLS

    While Hurricane Sam is not projected to make landfall, there is a chance the storm will cause swells on coasts.

    The swells are planned to reach the Lesser Antilles today and impact the islands for the next several days.

    Swells could then hit Bermuda and the Bahamas by mid-to-late week, and then spread to the United States east coast late this week.

    These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

  • 2021'S FOURTH MAJOR HURRICANE

    Hurricane Sam is 2021's fourth major hurricane and the fifth storm of the season to experience rapid intensification, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel explains.

  • HURRICANE SAM'S STATUS

    Colorado State University hurricane expert Phil Klotzbach said Hurricane Sam could be the longest-lived major hurricane to form after September 23, since Hurricane Matthew in 2016, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.

    As of 11pm on Monday, Hurricane Sam was moving at 9mph.

  • FOUR STORM SYSTEMS TRACKED

    According to NOA Satellites, NOAA's GOESEast "is currently tracking four systems over the Atlantic today—Hurricane #Sam (red circle) and three disturbances (yellow circles).

    "The easternmost two have an 80 percent chance of development over the next 5 days."

  • PREPARING FOR A HURRICANE PART 2

    The National Hurricane Center cautions residents in the potential areas so that they can best prepare in the event the weather system worsens and causes life-threatening conditions.

    The National Weather Service recommends that things people should do before a Tropical Storm or Hurricane include:

  • PREPARING FOR A HURRICANE

    Feltgen encouraged people to have a plan, which includes adequate supplies and food, if the hurricane hits.

    While it’s helpful to have a plan in place, there is no need to take immediate action, as the storm is still at sea and it is not certain that it will even reach land.

    “All folks need to do right now is check the latest forecast as we get into next week,’’ said Mr. Feltgen.

  • WHEN DID HURRICANE SEASON START?

    Hurricane season officially starts June 1, 2020 and will last through November 30, 2021.

    Acting NOAA administrator Ben Friedman said there is a 30% chance of a normal hurricane season and a 10% chance of a below normal season.

    2020 was the most historic year for hurricanes as it was considered the most active with over 30 storms predicted in the Atlantic. 

  • REMAINING NAMES

    Sam is the 18th named storm of the Atlantic season and the seventh hurricane, only equaling 2020’s season.

    The remaining names on the list this year are Teresa, Victor and Wanda.

    A supplemental list approved by the World Meteorological Organization would replace the Greek alphabet used during last year’s record-breaking season. The supplemental list: Adria, Braylen, Caridad, Deshawn, Emery, Foster, Gemma and Heath, according to AccuWeather.

  • SEAS COULD RISE

    “Even if Sam remains east of the U.S. late this week through next weekend, seas (could rise) along the Atlantic coast from central Florida to Maine with building surf and increasing rip currents,” AccuWeather senior meteorologist Rob Miller said.

  • SWELLS

    While Hurricane Sam is not projected to make landfall, there is a chance the storm will cause swells on coasts.

    The swells are planned to reach the Lesser Antilles today and impact the islands for the next several days.

    Swells could then hit Bermuda and the Bahamas by mid-to-late week, and then spread to the United States east coast late this week.

    These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

  • STATES THAT ARE MOST AFFECTED BY HURRICANES

    The states that usually get hit with the most hurricanes are:

  • WHEN DOES HURRICANE SEASON END?

    Hurricane season is set to end on November 30.

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasted between 15 and 21 storms by the end of the season, with between seven and 10 of the storms being hurricanes.

    The NOAA originally predicted between 13 and 21 storms, but updated its forecast in August.

    Sam was the 18th storm to form this year.

    With two months left of the season, it is possible that there will be more storms than the NOAA predicted.

  • 'SIGNIFICANT SWELLS'

    The National Hurrican Center has warned that Hurricane Sam is expected to stay a powerful hurricane for a few more days.

    Significant swells, which the NHC says are likely to occur during the weekend, could reach the US and Atlantic Canada coast.

  • PREPARING FOR A HURRICANE PART 2

    The National Hurricane Center cautions residents in the potential areas so that they can best prepare in the event the weather system worsens and causes life-threatening conditions.

    The National Weather Service recommends that things people should do before a Tropical Storm or Hurricane include:

  • PREPARING FOR A HURRICANE

    Feltgen encouraged people to have a plan, which includes adequate supplies and food, if the hurricane hits.

    While it’s helpful to have a plan in place, there is no need to take immediate action, as the storm is still at sea and it is not certain that it will even reach land.

    “All folks need to do right now is check the latest forecast as we get into next week,’’ said Mr. Feltgen.

  • REMAINING NAMES

    Sam is the 18th named storm of the Atlantic season and the seventh hurricane, only equaling 2020’s season.

    The remaining names on the list this year are Teresa, Victor and Wanda.

    A supplemental list approved by the World Meteorological Organization would replace the Greek alphabet used during last year’s record-breaking season. The supplemental list: Adria, Braylen, Caridad, Deshawn, Emery, Foster, Gemma and Heath, according to AccuWeather.

  • WHEN DOES HURRICANE SEASON END?

    Hurricane season is set to end on November 30.

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasted between 15 and 21 storms by the end of the season, with between seven and 10 of the storms being hurricanes.

    The NOAA originally predicted between 13 and 21 storms, but updated its forecast in August.

    Sam was the 18th storm to form this year.

    With two months left of the season, it is possible that there will be more storms that the NOAA predicted.

  • HURRICANE SAM'S 'POWERFUL EYE'

    The eye of Hurricane Sam was captured yesterday as its maximum sustained winds were moving at approximately 150mph.

    It's unknown how the hurricane could affect the United States or other land areas, according to Dennis Feltgen, a Miami Hurricane Center meteorologist.

    Accuweather meteorologist Randy Adkins said that any impacts from the storm would not be felt until the first weekend of October.

  • FOUR STORM SYSTEMS TRACKED

    According to NOA Satellites, NOAA's GOESEast "is currently tracking four systems over the Atlantic today—Hurricane #Sam (red circle) and three disturbances (yellow circles).

    "The easternmost two have an 80 percent chance of development over the next 5 days."

  • WHAT DOES HURRICANE SAM LOOK LIKE?

    Hurricane Hunters shared aerial footage on Monday from inside the storm.

    Sam is the 18th named storm of the Atlantic season and the seventh hurricane, only equaling 2020’s season.

  • WHEN DOES HURRICANE SEASON END?

    Hurricane season is set to end on November 30.

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasted between 15 and 21 storms by the end of the season, with between seven and 10 of the storms being hurricanes.

    The NOAA originally predicted between 13 and 21 storms, but updated its forecast in August.

    Sam was the 18th storm to form this year.

    With two months left of the season, it is possible that there will be more storms than the NOAA predicted.

  • 'ROUGH SURF' EXPECTED

    A FOX46 meteorologist has warned of "rough surf and rip currents" by this weekend.

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