Tropical Storm Sam formed in the eastern Atlantic Ocean and is forecast to strengthen into Hurricane Sam by Friday, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) announced Thursday.
Sam, the 18th named storm of the 2021 season, was upgraded to a tropical storm by the NHC early Thursday. The weather agency said the system is located about 1,745 miles east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands.
The system is moving toward the west at about 16 mph and packing maximum sustained winds of 50 mph.
According to the NHC advisory, “Additional strengthening is forecast over the next several days, and Sam is now forecast to become a hurricane tomorrow and near major hurricane intensity by the end of the weekend.”
11 AM AST 23 Sep – #TD18 Tropical Storm. has been upgraded to #Saam With maximum sustained winds of 50mph at E ATL. It is expected to accelerate further. The track forecast has WNW motion with a gradual slowing down, remaining in the E Antilles 5 days.
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 23, 2021
The weather agency said Sam’s motion is expected to move toward the west for the next several days, and then the storm will gradually slow.
No Coastal Watch or Warning is in effect at that time as it is not currently clear whether SAM will pose a threat to the United States.
Weather.com reported that according to model forecasts, it appears that the system will turn north from the US East Coast next week, although it is too early to completely rule out the storm as a potential threat.
It is likely that SAM could generate high surf and rip currents along the US East Coast for more than a week from now, even if it is well offshore, the network reported.
The NHC said in its latest advisory that Sam is currently the only active hurricane in the Atlantic as Rose and Peter weakened into tropical depressions and could have a remnant low by Friday.
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