Sam has evolved into a major hurricane.
Hurricane Sam grew stronger Saturday morning, forecasters predicted, and became a major hurricane.
The National Hurricane Center reported the storm was about 1,095 miles east-southeast of the Northern Leeward Islands in its 11 a.m. EDT update. It had sustained winds of 120 miles per hour and was traveling west-northwest at 10 miles per hour.
The storm was classified as a “small” hurricane by the National Hurricane Center, and it was expected to strengthen as it moved over the Atlantic.
Once a storm hits Category 3, which includes winds of 111 mph to 129 mph, it becomes a significant hurricane.
Sam is forecast to make landfall in the southeastern United States late next week or the following week.
“Over the weekend, a slower motion to the west-northwest is likely, followed by a turn to the northwest on Monday,” the NHC predicted.
Sam is the 18th named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, and the seventh hurricane.
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