Hurricane Sam and Storm Victor strengthen in the Atlantic and warning is issued

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  • Storm Watch Issued in Bermuda Islands Due to Hurricane Sam Strengthening Overnight.
  • A storm watch is in effect for Bermuda as Hurricane Sam swirls across the Atlantic.
  • The swells generated by Sam will later reach the east coast of the United States.

The Bermuda Islands are the first territory under surveillance due to Hurricane Sam, which strengthened overnight and continues to move northwest over the Atlantic, while tropical storm Victor also grew in intensity thousands of kilometers away.

As reported by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) of the United States, Sam had this morning maximum sustained winds of 145 miles per hour (230 km / h) and was moving at 12 miles per hour (19 km / h), which means its strength and speed increased.

Hurricane Sam Storm Watch Issued

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At 0500 hours (0900 GMT) it was located about 345 miles (555 km) northeast of the Leeward Islands and about 825 miles (1,325 km) south-southeast of the Bermuda Islands, whose meteorological service has issued a tropical storm watch, reported the Efe agency.

It’s about the first alert for land since the seventh hurricane of 2020 formed, which has category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson scale (out of a maximum of 5) and has traveled over the Atlantic for days slowly and away from land.

Hurricane expected to head north

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A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, usually within 48 hours. On the forecast track, Sam will continue to pass away from the northern part of the Leeward Islands, which are part of the Lesser Antilles, and on Saturday away from northeast Bermuda.

According to forecasts, he will not touch them. The NHC expects a turn to the north on Friday night and then to the northeast beginning Saturday. Some fluctuations in Sam’s intensity are expected over the next few days, but according to the NHC, it will remain a severe hurricane until Saturday, when it will begin to experience significant weakening.

They will arrive in the US in the next few days

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Hurricane force winds extend up to 60 miles (95 km) from downtown Sam and tropical storm force winds extend up to 150 miles (240 km). The storm surges generated by Sam will impact the extreme north of the Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico over the next few days and will reach Bermuda and the Bahamas in a day or two and then the east coast of the United States.

As for tropical storm Victor, which formed on Wednesday to the south-southeast of the Cape Verde islands and is moving towards the American continent, but is still very distant, last night it strengthened and had maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour (75 km / h).

Storm Victor could turn into a hurricane on Friday

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The NHC forecasts that it will still strengthen further and may turn into a hurricane on Friday, but it will begin to weaken over the weekend. With two months to go until the cyclonic season in the Atlantic ends (November 30), there is only one unused name (Wanda) left on the list for 2021, which is being a more active year in cyclones than normal.

Twenty tropical storms have formed so far this year, of which seven have reached hurricanes: Elsa, Grace, Henri, Ida, Larry, Nicholas and Sam. Of them Grace, Ida, Larry and Sam reached the highest category, 3 or more on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

“Life-threatening swell” along the US East Coast.

Hurricane Sam could cause a "life-threatening swell" along the East Coast
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“AccuWeather forecasters say confidence is growing that the United States will miss the direct impact of Hurricane Sam, but the monster storm may still make waves,” he wrote. the weather agency on Twitter.

Although Hurricane Sam will stay far from land, storm surges that “could cause potentially deadly swell and rippling current conditions” are expected off the US coast by the end of the week, the NHC warned.

Hurricane Sam category 4

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Sam started out as depression 18 and ended up becoming the seventh hurricane of the 2021 season in the Atlantic. Only Grace, Ida, Larry, and Sam have achieved this rating of 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

The experts have not been wrong: this has been a more active hurricane season than normal. So far, seven hurricanes have formed in the Atlantic: Elsa, Grace, Henri, Ida, Larry, Nicholas and Sam.

The names on the list are exhausted

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Just as experts had predicted, the 2021 hurricane season in the Atlantic has been bumpy. So after “Victor”, there aren’t many names left on the list.

Wanda would still remain to be used. If the forecasts are met, this name will also be crossed out, so they will have to use a complementary list approved by the World Meteorological Organization to replace the customary Greek alphabet, a measure that was implemented after the record 2020 season, he recalled USA Today.

Staying alert for storms

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Families should prepare for the storm, that’s what Louis W. Uccellini, director of the National Weather Service, recommends. “Now is the time for families and communities to make sure their preparations are in place,” he said.

“These storms can be devastating, so be prepared for all possible outcomes by keeping an eye on the forecast and the following safety information and possible evacuation notifications issued by emergency officials,” he added. Depression 20 in the Atlantic turns into Tropical Storm Victor.

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