The Atlantic Hurricane Season shows no signs of slowing down as major hurricane Sam churns about 1700 km southeast of the Northern Leeward Islands.
Right now the storm has maximum sustained winds of 195 km/h making it a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Over the weekend Sam is expected to continue to strengthen and is very likely to become a category 4 hurricane with winds between 209 and 251 km/h.
Over the next five days at least, Sam is expected to be a category 3 or 4 hurricane.
Model guidance takes Sam northwestward over the next few days and then northward. If model guidance remains as it is now, Bermuda could be impacted as could Atlantic Canada. It remains far too early to be certain what impacts, if any, we will see, but it is worth watching.
Additionally swells generated by Sam are expected to reach the Lesser Antilles early next week and potentially the U.S. East Coast.
So far this year there have been 19 named storms including seven hurricanes. The next storm will be named Victor followed by Wanda. From there, we then move to an auxiliary list of names.
Hurricane season ends on November 30, 2021.