Hurricane Sam begins to regroup after a brief period of weakening, with further intensification expected shortly. It is still a major hurricane, currently a Category 3 storm. It is expected to stay well north of the Leeward Islands, and Bermuda will miss any hurricane conditions, but these may see tropical storm force winds. and heavy rains at the end of the week. Meanwhile, the Canadian Hurricane Center is closely monitoring its track for potential impacts on the east coast over the next week.
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According to Monday night’s update, the United States’ National Hurricane Center (NHC) said the hurricane was 1,125 km east of the northern Leeward Islands, moving towards the northwest at nearly 15 km / h. On the planned track, Sam will pass well northeast of the northern Leeward Islands on Wednesday and Thursday.
Sam has weakened but remains a major hurricane with Category 3 status. It currently has maximum sustained winds near 195 km / h and even higher gusts.
“Some strengthening is expected until tonight. Subsequently, fluctuations in intensity are possible until Thursday, ”said the NHC.
The swells generated by Sam will impact the Lesser Antilles in the coming days. The swells are expected to reach Bermuda and the Bahamas by mid-to-end of the week, then spread to the eastern seaboard of the United States by the weekend. These swells could cause life-threatening surfing and tearing conditions.
At this point, it looks like Bermuda will be untouched by hurricanes, as Sam should be heading well east of the island. However, heavy rains and tropical storm force winds are still expected over Bermuda on Friday evening and Saturday.
Forecasters are also watching Sam closely for potential impacts to Canada, although it is far too early to know whether Atlantic Canada will be threatened by the hurricane. Still, with recent damage from Hurricane Larry, the region remains on the verge of possibly being in line for more tropical issues.
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“The most likely scenario is that Sam will resort and stay at sea and not pose a major threat to Atlantic Canada. However, there is still almost a week to go and it is possible that Sam will follow further north and west and have a significant impact on the southern and eastern parts of the region, with the highest risk being the south. east of Newfoundland on Sunday or Monday of next week, ”said Dr Doug Gillham, meteorologist at The Weather Network.
In addition to Sam, forecasters are closely monitoring two other systems – one in the eastern central Atlantic and one that has just approached the African coast. The two systems are expected to become tropical storms later this week and would be named Victor and Wanda, respectively.
“These storms will follow a southerly course across the Atlantic and will need to be watched closely over the next 10 to 14 days,” adds Gillham.
Sam is the seventh hurricane in the Atlantic season 2021. The hurricane season traditionally runs from June 1 to November 30, with substantial flexibility on either side of this range.
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