Sam has strengthened to a Category 4 hurricane.


Sam has strengthened to a Category 4 hurricane.

Hurricane Sam has become a powerful Category 4 hurricane.

The National Hurricane Center reported the storm was roughly 940 miles southeast of the Northern Leeward Islands in its 5 a.m. EDT Sunday update. It had raised its maximum sustained winds to 145 mph and was traveling northwest at 13 mph. According to the center, hurricane-force winds spread outward up to 30 miles and tropical-storm-force winds stretch forth up to 105 miles.

The National Storm Center (NHC) characterized Sam as a “small hurricane” with general motion shifting to the northwest on Monday and continuing through midweek.

Category 4 hurricanes have sustained winds of 130 to 156 mph and are the second-highest in the hurricane classification system.

According to the center, there are no coastal watches or warnings in place. However, early next week, some changes in the hurricane’s intensity are possible.

Sam is the 18th named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, and the seventh hurricane.

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