Sam Remains a Hurricane; Tropical Storm Victor Forms in the Southeast Atlantic

The US National Hurricane Center said Hurricane Sam remained an intensive Category 4 hurricane and moved north as it churned in the Atlantic.

In its latest report, the Miami-based center said Thursday that Sam is 575 kilometers northeast of Leeward Island in the north, in the Caribbean and about 1,175 kilometers southeast of Bermuda. The hurricane’s wind speed is around 230 kilometers per hour.

Forecasters predict the storm will turn north on Friday night, in the forecast’s path, Sam will continue to pass east of Bermuda on Saturday morning. The hurricane – which peaked last Sunday – is the strongest on record so far this season, and is expected to remain as a major hurricane through Saturday.

Meanwhile, the hurricane center said Tropical Storm Victor had formed in the eastern Atlantic, with maximum steady winds of 75 kilometers per hour and higher wind gusts from time to time. Officials said a strengthening storm was forecast, and Victor could reach hurricane strength by Friday. Victor is already the 19th hurricane to be named so far this season.

Meteorologists and the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang said after Victor’s naming there was only one more name – Wanda – on the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) hurricane rosters for this season.

According to the new list, if “Wanda” were to form, the next hurricane would be named Aidan. [mg/jm]

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