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Sam is now a Category 3 Hurricane; Expected to become Category 4 by Sunday

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Posted: Saturday, September 25, 2021. 9:54 am CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Hurricane Sam is packing winds of 120 miles per hour and is still intensifying and is expected to become a Category 3 hurricane later today and a Category 4 by tomorrow Sunday, said the United States Hurricane Center (NHC) in its 6 am advisory.

The NHC said Sam remains compact with hurricane-force winds extending 20 miles north of the center.

Sam is located 1,095 miles east southeast of the northern Leeward Islands. The NHC said it wobbled to the west this morning but its main path continues being west-northwest at 10 miles per hour. However, a slower northwest track is expected during the weekend.

The NHC said swells produced by Sam should reach the Lesser Antilles early next week. Islanders are advised to look out for these swells as they could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

The NHC advises that the population in the Lesser Antilles should consult products from their local weather offices.

Out of seven hurricanes this season, Hurricane Sam is the fourth major storm.

US forecasters said it is not expected that Sam will affect Florida but cautioned that it’s too early to say where it’s going.

Subtropical Storm Teresa, the 19th named storm of the season, weakened into a subtropical depression at about 140 miles north of Bermuda. Teresa has a maximum wind speed of 35 miles per hour and is expected to dissipate later today.

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