Hurricane Sam: System forecast to hit 140mph but what storms are churning right now? MAPS

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The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season is poised to be a record-breaker for another year. The strongest and most devastating storm on record for this year was Hurrican Ida which made landfall in Louisiana on August 29. Now, Hurricane Sam is on track to reach the same strength as Ida by Sunday, according to the NOAA’s NHC.

In 2020, there were 30 named storms including six major hurricanes.

This forced meteorologists to exhaust the alphabet for a second time and move on to Greek letters.

Last year recorded the most named storms on record, surpassing the previous record set in 2005 at 28 storms.

Just two more named storms would exhaust the designated storm list of 21 names for this season, requiring the National Hurricane Center to dip into its list of auxiliary names for the first time.

The 2021 hurricane season ends on November 30.

Hurricane Sam is small but dangerous according to the latest report from the NOAA’s National Hurricane Center (NHC).

As of 11am AST (3pm BST) the storm was located 1,095 miles east-southeast from the Northern Leeward Islands.

The Category 3 storm was packing maximum sustained winds of 120mp which some additional strengthening expected to hit Category 4 strength by Sunday.

Some fluctuations in the hurricane’s intensity are possible early next week.

Sam is a small hurricane with hurricane-force winds extending outward up to 25 miles from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extending outward up to 105 miles.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect for Sam, but winds are expected to hit 140mph on Sunday.

This means Sam is due to join Hurricane Ida as the only storm to reach this strength so far this season.

Ida made landfall near New Orleans in Louisiana as a Category 4 storm last month – leaving at least 50 people dead across six northeastern states.

Sam, unlike Hurricane Ida, is not forecast to immediately affect land.

Hurricane Sam is the 18th named storm of the season and is predicted to be the fourth major hurricane of the year.

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There is also a subtropical depression currently churning across the Atlantic.

Teresa weakened to become a subtropical depression according to the latest NHC report at 11am AST (3pm BST).

The storm, which is almost stationary, is expected to become a remnant low by tonight.

Teresa is moving northeast is expected to begin on Saturday afternoon and continue through Sunday morning.

Maximum sustained winds are at 35mph with higher gusts.

There is also a tropical disturbance involving an area of disorganised showers and thunderstorms associated with the remnants of Peter moving across the Atlantic.

The system is located several hundred miles south of Bermuda.

Environmental conditions appear marginally conducive for the slow development of this disturbance over the next few days as it moves northeastward at five to 10 mph.

There is a 10 percent chance of formation through the next 48 hours, compared to a 20 percent chance through the next five days.

There is also a tropical wave expected to move off the west coast of Africa by early Monday.

Environmental conditions are forecast to be conducive to lead to gradual development.

A tropical depression could form by the middle of next week while the system moves westward at 10mph to 15mph over the far eastern tropical Atlantic.

There is a 50 percent chance of formation over the next five days.

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