Hurricane As a major storm, Sam is slowly moving northwest over the Atlantic.
Hurricane Sam was still moving slowly northwest as a severe storm in the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday, according to forecasters, although its path is predicted to carry it to the north and away from the U.S. mainland.
Sam was 345 miles northeast of the Northern Leeward Islands and 825 miles south-southeast of Bermuda, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 5 a.m. AST report. It had sustained winds of 145 miles per hour. It was travelling northwest at a speed of 12 miles per hour.
Bermuda has been placed under a tropical storm watch.
Sam dropped to a Category 3 hurricane late Monday, but regained intensity early Tuesday.
Last week, Sam became a tropical storm. At one point, it appeared that the storm might make its way to the Southeast United States, but estimates indicate it heading north, away from the East Coast.
The Category 4 hurricane is anticipated to maintain its northwest trajectory while picking up pace through Thursday night before turning north late Friday, according to forecasters.
The core of Sam will continue to pass well to the northeast of the northern Leeward Islands this morning, and will pass to the east of Bermuda early Saturday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
However, the NHC predicts that Sam will have an impact on Bermuda later this week.
Sam is the 18th named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, and the seventh hurricane. Sally, the “s” named storm, formed on Sept. 12 a year ago.
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