Tracking the Tropics: Sam weakens over cooler water

WSAV Hurricane Central

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Hurricane Sam is no longer a major hurricane after a week long track as a category 4 hurricane. The now category 1 hurricane is moving over cooler water temperatures and is weakening.

As of 5 p.m. Monday, Sam is a category 1 hurricane with sustained wind of 90 mph with wind gusts as high as 115 mph. It is racing to northeast at 36 mph. Sam is now located 520 miles east of Cape Race Newfoundland.

Sam is moving into an area of drier air and cooler ocean water temperatures. This will gradually weaken the major hurricane. Sam is expected to be a weakening category 1 hurricane by Monday.

Late next week, Sam is expected to be moving toward Iceland as a tropical storm or a post-tropical system as it is expected to continue to weaken.

While Sam is far away from our shore, we will still face a moderate risk of rip currents this weekend along the Georgia and South Carolina coasts through Monday. It’s best to stay out of the water and just stay on the sand and away from the water.

Active 2021 Hurricane Season

With the formation of Victor last week, we have now had twenty named storms during the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.

The final name on the list is Wanda. If we continue to have more development, we will switch to a secondary list of names for the remainder of the season.

In previous seasons (2005 & 2020), that were extremely active, we ran out of names. The Greek alphabet was then used. That is no longer the case in order to avoid confusion between storms and to keep the story about the storms and potential threats.

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