Tropical Storm Sam is now a hurricane. The 18th named storm of the Atlantic Hurricane Season could reach major hurricane status by mid-weekend.
The storm system is still about 15-hundred miles east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands, as of early Friday morning.
It is still unclear at this point whether or not Sam will threaten land.
However spaghetti models have hurricane Sam turning north and staying well away from the east coast of Florida.
Hurricane Sam Advisory Number 7
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL182021
500 AM AST Fri Sep 24 2021
…SAM IS NOW A HURRICANE…
…RAPID INTENSIFICATION FORECAST TO CONTINUE…
SUMMARY OF 500 AM AST…0900 UTC…INFORMATION
ABOUT 1470 MI…2365 KM ESE OF THE NORTHERN LEEWARD ISLANDS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…75 MPH…120 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…W OR 280 DEGREES AT 15 MPH…24 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…993 MB…29.33 INCHES
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.