Sunday, September 26, 2021, 8:36 p.m. – Hurricane Sam maintains the status quo as a Category 4 hurricane and will experience fluctuations in strength over the next few days before weakening occurs.
The Atlantic hurricane season is nearing the end of the master list of 2021 storm names, with Sam storming across the ocean as a Category 4 major storm.
With plenty of warm Atlantic waters at his disposal, Sam has intensified since the storm appeared last week. On Saturday, Sam became a major hurricane when he crossed the Category 3 threshold, then reached Category 4 later in the day.
Sam remains a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 240 km / h and even higher gusts. Fluctuations in intensity are expected over the next few days and a slow weakening is expected.
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At 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said the hurricane was about 1,415 km east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands and was moving west-north -West at nearly 11 km / h. Sam is expected to turn northwest on Monday and continue on that track for the next few days.
Forecasters are watching Sam for potential impacts to Canada, but it’s far too early to know if Atlantic Canada will be threatened by Hurricane Sam in the next 10-14 days.
“The most likely scenario is that Sam bends back and stays at sea and does not pose a major threat to Canada or the United States, but [pose] a threat to Bermuda. However, there is still a possibility that Sam will take a more southerly course and pose a threat to the southeastern United States in about 9 to 12 days, or the storm could veer far enough west to form a storm. threat to Atlantic Canada. in 10 to 14 days, ”explains Dr Doug Gillham, MeteoMedia meteorologist.
Sam is the seventh hurricane in the Atlantic season 2021. The hurricane season traditionally runs from June 1 to November 30, with substantial flexibility on either side of this range.
Be sure to check out the latest updates on the Atlantic hurricane season.