Bermuda is the first area to be monitored by a toxic cyclone, which has strengthened during the night and continues to move northwest over the Atlantic Ocean, while Tropical Storm Victor has been increasing in intensity thousands of kilometers away.
As reported by the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), Sam this morning delivered maximum sustained winds of 145 mph (230 kph) and was moving at 12 mph (19 kph), which means an increase in strength as well as in his speed.
At 0500 (09.00 GMT) it was located about 345 miles (555 km) northeast of the Leeward Islands and about 825 miles (1,325 km) southeast of the Bermuda Islands, for which the Meteorological Service issued a tropical storm watch.
This is the first Earth warning since the formation of the seventh hurricane of 2020, which has a Category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson scale (out of a maximum of 5) and has traveled over the Atlantic Ocean for several days slowly and away from Earth.
Tropical storm monitoring means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the monitoring area, usually within 48 hours.
On the forecast track, Sam will continue to die far from the northern part of the Leeward Islands, which are part of the Lesser Antilles, and on Saturday farther north east of Bermuda. According to forecasts, he will not touch them.
The NHC expects to head north Friday night and then northeast starting Saturday.
Some fluctuations in Sam’s intensity are expected over the next few days, but according to the NHC, it will remain a severe hurricane through Saturday, when it will begin to feel significantly weaker.
Hurricane-force winds extend up to 60 miles (95 km) from downtown Sam and tropical storm-force winds extend up to 150 miles (240 km).
Sam’s storms will affect the northernmost islands of Leeward and Puerto Rico over the next few days and will reach Bermuda and the Bahamas in a day or two and then the eastern coast of the United States.
Tropical Storm Victor, which formed on Wednesday to the southeast of the Cape Verde Islands and is heading toward the American continent, but is still very far away, intensified last night with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (75 mph). how many hours).
The NHC expects it will continue to strengthen further and may turn into a hurricane on Friday, but will start to weaken over the weekend.
With two months remaining in the Atlantic hurricane season (November 30), there is only one unused name (Wanda) left on the list for 2021, a more active year in hurricanes than usual.
Twenty tropical storms have formed so far this year, seven of which have made it to hurricanes: Elsa, Grace, Henry, Ida, Larry, Nicholas, and Sam.
Among them Grace, Ida, Larry and Sam reached the highest category, 3 or more on the Saffir-Simpson scale.