- Friday morning turned out to be the seventh hurricane of the Sam season and the 18th storm.
- It has been strong on open Atlantic waters and was predicted to turn into a major hurricane.
- Forecasters say it is too early to say how this will affect the land, but urged residents of the U.S. East Coast to monitor the system.
Sam turned into a major hurricane on Saturday and will likely continue to be strong over the weekend, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Sam was located 2,300 miles southeast of Miami until 11 a.m. Saturday. The Hurricane Center said the “small but dangerous” storm was moving 10 miles west-northwest.
In less than 24 hours, the system accelerates from a tropical depression to a hurricane. By Saturday evening, Sam had turned into a Category 4 hurricane. . The maximum sustained wind of the storm is 140 miles per hour.
A major hurricane is classified with winds of at least 111 mph. Sam is still a “small” hurricane, with hurricane-ball winds extending 30 miles outward from the center of the storm, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The hurricane is expected to intensify Saturday night, the Hurricane Center said.
Aquaweida weather forecasters say the system could move to the United States in the first days of October.
Sam is the 18th hurricane of the Atlantic season and the seventh hurricane. Phil Klotzbach, a hurricane researcher at Colorado State University, said there was only one hurricane season – 2020 – a record of 18 storms as of September 2, 18 September.
There have been three more major hurricanes so far this year (Division 3 or stronger): Grace, Ida and Larry.
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Elsewhere in the tropics, the Hurricane Center is tracking three systems in the Atlantic region, one east of the new Carolinas.
The remaining names on the list for the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane season are Teresa, Victor and Wanda.
If those names are used, there is a supplementary list approved by the World Meteorological Organization, which replaces the Greek alphabet used in last year’s record-breaking season.
Supplementary lists include Adria, Brelen, Carridad, Desan, Emery, Foster, Gemma and Heath.
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Contributed by: Susan Miller, USA Today