As it approaches Bermuda, Hurricane Sam strengthens.
Early Friday, forecasters warned that Hurricane Sam was strengthening as it came closer to Bermuda.
The National Hurricane Center reported the Category 4 storm was 505 miles south-southeast of Bermuda in its 2 a.m. AST advisory. It was travelling north-northwest at 16 mph and had maximum sustained winds of 150 mph, up 5 mph from many hours earlier.
Bermuda has been issued with a tropical storm warning.
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 big hurricane is anticipated to move northward on Friday as it picks up speed, according to forecasters.
The centre of Sam is expected to pass east of Bermuda early Saturday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The storm was forecast to produce severe swells across the northern Leeward Islands, Greater Antilles, and Puerto Rico in the coming days, in addition to Bermuda. Swells could hit Bermuda and the Bahamas on Friday, and the US East Coast by the weekend.
Sam is projected to remain a major storm through Saturday, with further weakening expected later in the weekend, according to the National Hurricane Center.
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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