NHC tracks Hurricane Sam and Tropical Storm Victor in the Atlantic
And then there were two.
The National Hurricane Center monitors two systems in the Atlantic: Hurricane Sam and Tropical Storm Victor.
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While Sam is expected to stay off the United States, the swells could bring potentially fatal surf and rip currents to the East Coast over the weekend.
An increase in wave and rip currents is predicted along the US east coast through the weekend. According to AccuWeather, the waves and return currents may be strong enough to pose a danger to swimmers from northeast Florida to New England this weekend.
Sam is working on a different kind of record. It is a major hurricane – with winds of 111 mph or more – since 11 a.m. on September 25, according to AccuWeather.
By noon Thursday, Sam had maintained major hurricane status for 120 straight hours or five days.
If Sam maintains that intensity until Sunday morning, the storm could claim the title of the fifth longest-lasting major hurricane to ever sweep the Atlantic.
Further east in the Atlantic is Tropical Storm Victor. While Victor may strengthen a bit more tonight, it should remain a tropical storm before gradually weakening over the weekend.
Here is the latest NHC update as of October 1 at 11:00 am:
What is there and where are they?
Hurricane Sam: Sam is located 325 miles southeast of Bermuda or 1,123 miles east of West Palm Beach.
Tropical Storm Victor: Victor is located 710 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands or 3,196 miles east of West Palm Beach
What is the likelihood that they will reinforce each other?
Hurricane Sam: Maximum sustained winds remain near 150 mph, with higher gusts. Sam is a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Although fluctuations in intensity are still possible today, weakening is expected over the next few days. Sam is expected to remain a major hurricane until at least Saturday night.
Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 205 miles.
Tropical Storm Victor: Maximum sustained winds increased to nearly 65 mph, with higher gusts. Little change in strength is expected today. Over the weekend, Victor is expected to slowly weaken. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 140 miles.
Hurricane Sam Details
- Site: 435 miles south-southeast of Bermuda; 1,123 km east of West Palm Beach
- Maximum sustained winds: 150 mph
- Direction: north at 21 mph
Tropical Storm Victor Details
- Site: 630 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands; 5,196 miles east of West Palm Beach
- Maximum sustained winds: 65 mph
- Direction: west-northwest at 15 mph
Who is likely to be impacted?
Hurricane Sam: Tropical storm conditions are possible over Bermuda from tonight or early Saturday.
The swells generated by Sam will impact the northern Leeward Islands and the Greater Antilles, including Puerto Rico, over the coming days. Swell is expected to reach Bermuda and the Bahamas this afternoon, then spread to the US east coast and Atlantic Canada on Saturday.
Tropical Storm Victor: No impact on the land is expected.
Forecasters urge all residents to continue monitoring the tropics and always be prepared during what is expected to be an active hurricane season.
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