Hurricane Sam to Boost Life-Threatening Surfing Along East Coast


  • Forecasters said heavy swells were already affecting the Leeward Islands.
  • On Wednesday, Sam was the most powerful storm on the planet.
  • Tropical Depression 20 also formed on Wednesday morning in the far eastern Atlantic Ocean.

Expect dangerous waves if you hit the beach this weekend along the east coast.

The “heavy” swells from Hurricane Sam, although located hundreds of kilometers offshore, “are likely to cause potentially life-threatening surf and tear conditions, and beachgoers are urged to follow the advice of lifeguards and operators. local officials throughout the coming weekend, ”the National Hurricane Center warned.

It is also possible that wave action could produce minor flooding during high tide in areas likely to take water during the northeast, AccuWeather said.

“At the moment we don’t anticipate it will make landfall in coastal areas, but it is certainly a big danger to ships at sea, and again, these swells are impacting much of the sea. West Atlantic, ”said Richard Pasch, senior hurricane center specialist. .

Forecasters said heavy swells are already affecting the Leeward Islands and will spread to parts of the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, Bahamas and Bermuda by Thursday or Friday as the storm sets in. curve to the north.

As of Wednesday morning, Sam was the most powerful storm on the planet, according to AccuWeather.

The main Category 4 hurricane, with winds of 130 mph, circled 405 miles east-northeast of the northern Leeward Islands and was moving northwest at 9 mph.

Watch of the tropics:Tropical Depression 20 forms in the Atlantic; Hurricane Sam remains a Category 4 storm

Sam is expected to be able to maintain Major Hurricane Intensity Status (Category 3 or higher) due to light wind shear and warm water along its projected path, according to AccuWeather’s senior meteorologist, Adam Douty.

Meanwhile, Tropical Depression 20 formed in the far eastern Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday morning, the hurricane center said. It is expected to become Tropical Storm and then Hurricane Victor in the next few days. However, the storm’s predicted track shows it curves north and stays clear of land areas as it circles over the ocean.

Once Victor is formed, this will be the 20th named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season. Only one name – Wanda – remains on the regular list of storm names. A new additional name list will be used if the regular name list is exhausted before the end of the season.

Forecasters were also monitoring two other weather disturbances in the Atlantic, but neither looked likely to turn into lows or storms on Wednesday morning.

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Contribution: The Associated Press


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