Photo: National Hurricane Center
Storm Sam strengthened this Saturday and became a major hurricane. The storm will gain more strength over the weekend, the National Hurricane Center said.
The last: Sam was about 2,300 miles southeast of Miami as of 11 a.m. EDT Saturday. The “small but dangerous” storm was moving westward at 10 mph, the hurricane center said.
- The system rapidly intensified, rising from a tropical depression to a hurricane in less than 24 hours. The storm’s maximum sustained winds are 125 mph.
- AccuWeather meteorologists say the system could turn toward the United States in early October.
- So far this year there have been three other major hurricanes, Category 3 or higher: Grace, Ida and Larry.
What do they say? “Sam is expected to continue to rapidly strengthen into a monster Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 130 to 156 mph this weekend,” said the AccuWeather forecasters.
- Only one other hurricane season – the one in 2020 – had had 18 named storms by Sept. 23, said Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach.
Main source of the news: USA Today