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Hurricane Sam expected to be a powerful hurricane for days

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Hurricane Sam regained strength on Tuesday, turning into a Category 4 storm for a second time after weakening slightly.

According to the National Hurricane Center Sam was projected to remain a major hurricane for several more days, it was not expected to have a huge impact on land, forecasters said.

As of 11 a.m. Eastern time on Tuesday Sam stayed far away from land, nearly 600 miles east of the Northern Leeward Islands in the eastern Caribbean, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm packed maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour and was moving northwest at 8 m.p.h.

Sam became the 18th named storm of the year when if formed in the central Atlantic on Thursday.