Hurricane Sam tracker: Horrifying maps as the storm brings ‘life-threatening surf.’
HURRICANE SAM reached a Category 4 storm over the weekend, making it the 18th named storm of the 2021 Atlantic Ocean hurricane season. As the storm generates “life-threatening” surf, this website contains all of the path tracker information you’ll need.
Winds have reached extraordinary heights of 155 mph so far, but the storm’s path will keep it largely out of harm’s way, preventing any possible catastrophe. On September 22, Hurricane Sam began at the halfway point between South America and Africa, formally became a tropical storm the next day, then rapidly intensified to become a full-fledged hurricane the next day.
Hurricane Sam is unlikely to reach landfall, and it has weakened from its peak over the weekend.
However, strong surf and dangerous rip currents are expected on the east coast of the United States this week.
Hurricane Sam will produce “large” seas hundreds of miles offshore, according to the National Hurricane Centre in the United States.
“[It] will likely generate life-threatening surf and rip current conditions,” the statement warned, “and beachgoers are asked to heed the advice of lifeguards and local officials during the weekend.”
Minor coastal flooding is also a possibility, with huge swells already affecting regions prone to flooding.
“Right now, we’re not predicting it to make landfall over any coastal places,” said hurricane center senior specialist Richard Pasch.
“It’s unquestionably a major threat for ships at sea, and those swells are affecting a huge portion of the western Atlantic once again.”
As of 11 p.m. Wednesday, Hurricane Sam was churning 350 kilometers east-northeast of the northern Leeward Islands in the Caribbean Sea, moving northwest at 12 mph.
“Large surges caused by Sam are striking the Leeward Islands and will move to areas of the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, the Bahamas, and Bermuda by Thursday or Friday,” according to a Cyclocane advisory.
“By the weekend, significant seas are expected to reach the east coast of the United States and Atlantic Canada.” These surges are expected to produce life-threatening surf and rip current conditions, thus beachgoers and others with an interest along these shores are advised to heed the advice of lifeguards and local officials during the weekend.” Despite the fact that the storm is not projected to reach landfall, due to light wind shear and warm water along its path, it is expected to sustain major hurricane strength.