Florence, South Carolina 2021-09-24 19:55:49 –
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (WFLA) — Sam, the 18th named storm of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane season, reached hurricane strength on Friday morning.
According to the National Hurricane Center, hurricane thumbs have intensified from tropical cyclones to category 1 hurricanes with a maximum wind speed of 75 mph at 5 am eastern standard time. Sam is approximately 1,470 miles east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands and currently poses no land threat.
According to the NHC, a rapid intensification is currently predicted, with Sam expected to be a major hurricane by Friday night or early Saturday.
The storm is moving west across the Atlantic at 15 mph, but is expected to slow down over the weekend as it heads west-northwest.
Sam is the seventh hurricane after Elsa, Grace, Henri, Aida, Larry and Nicholas.
Elsewhere in the Atlantic Basin, NHC monitors three areas for potential tropical development.
The first area was the remains of Odette, now known as “strong winds, non-tropical cyclones.” According to the NHC, the system is just over 600 miles west-northwest of the westernmost Azores, with only “short windows of opportunity for subtropical or tropical cyclones” when traveling in warm waters. Forecasters gave the system a moderate 40 percent development potential.
The second area monitored is a wide range of showers and thunderstorms hundreds of miles east of Bermuda. The NHC states that tropical or subtropical developments may take place before it is predicted to encounter strong upper winds on Saturday. Interference was given a 20 percent chance of development.
Tropical waves are the third hottest area. Waves are expected to move off the African coast by the end of the weekend, according to a tropical cyclone outlook released Friday morning. When that happens, environmental conditions are expected to help develop over time. Tropical cyclones could form by mid-next week, according to the NHC. Forecasters gave it a low, near zero percent chance of formation up to 48 hours and a 40 percent chance of formation in the middle over five days.
Currently, there are only three names left on the 2021 hurricane season list: Teresa, Victor, and Wanda. If the regular list is no longer named, the additional storm will be named using an alternative list of names approved this year by the World Meteorological Organization. In the past, storms were named using Greek letters.
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