Eye on the Tropics: Sam strengthens to Category 4 Hurricane

ORLANDO, Fla. — 5 p.m. update:

Sam has strengthened to a Category 4 Hurricane, with the latest track heading north and east, farther away from the Caribbean Islands.

According to the models this should stay off the U.S. East Coast, but we are still monitoring, especially for Bermuda and the Canadian coast line up north.

Teresa has degenerated into a remnant low.

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Next up is Victor and another disturbance is forecast to soon move off the west coast of Africa.

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Hurricane Sam continues to strengthen and will become a major hurricane on Saturday.


Even though it is powerful, it is staying on track, which is good news. If the pattern holds, it will pass to the north of the Lesser Antilles early this week.

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Eventually, it may threaten Bermuda and Eastern Canada.

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As always, we’ll monitor for any changes with the track and keep you posted.

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Chief meteorologist Tom Terry

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