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During its exceptionally long trek through the Atlantic Ocean, Hurricane Sam has not made landfall anywhere but the US East Coast. Behaviour With “life-threatening surf and rip current conditions” this weekend away from a Category 4 storm that’s already bound the record books for sticking around for so long.

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SAM is packing maximum sustained winds of 130 mph as it moves over the mid-Atlantic Ocean, about 335 miles east-northeast of Bermuda and about 900 miles off the U.S. coastline.

The storm is moving away from the US and poses no imminent threat to land, but forecasters are warning that swelling from the storm will inevitably produce dangerous seas along the entire East Coast, prompting local National Weather Service offices all the way. Issuing the current statement. From New England to South Florida.

Sam has now maintained major hurricane status (Category 3 or higher) for more than a week, maintaining Category 4 status for most of that time.

Hurricane Sam has been a Category 4 storm since Tuesday morning, and it is Now According to the National Hurricane Center, hurricanes topped the top 10 in history for consecutive periods of Category 4 strength or greater in the Atlantic basin.

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Sam is forecast to remain a major hurricane for at least another 24 hours, but its time as a hurricane is likely to end in about three days. At that time, according to the National Hurricane Center, Sam is expected to “transition spectacularly into a major hurricane-force post-tropical cyclone.” The giant North Atlantic storm, into which Sam will still transition, won’t be near land for a while, but it appears it will be eyeing Iceland in about six days.

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The National Hurricane Center first began issuing bulletins Over an area of ​​disturbed weather that would become Hurricane Sam on September 19 while the system was over Africa.

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The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season won’t end until November 30, but it has already been one of the most active in history. Only one name—Wanda—still remains on the general hurricane naming list. It seems that after the 2005 and 2020 seasons, the naming list will end for only the third time in history. One change from those years is that there is now a list of helpful names that forecasters can tap into – they previously started naming storms after letters from the Greek alphabet when the naming list was exhausted. Hurricane Ida, the most severe storm of the season, slammed Louisiana on August 29 with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph, devastated coastal communities and knocked out power for weeks in parts of the New Orleans area. Gave. The mighty remnants of Ida then pushed north through the Americas, causing historic flooding in the New York City area where most of the hurricane-related deaths were reported. At least 48 deaths related to Ida were confirmed in New York and New Jersey.

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