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MIAMI – The hurricane sam further strengthened as it made its northwesterly advance over the waters of the Atlantic and had winds of 150 miles per hour (240 km / h) this afternoon, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
The hurricane still has category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson scale (out of a total of five) and away from land.
The NHC indicated that there is likely “Fluctuations in Sam’s intensity in the coming days” and then there is a “Slow weakening”.
At 5:00 p.m., the seventh hurricane of the season was near 880 miles (1,415 km) east southeast of the north of the Leeward Islands, and its translation speed had been reduced by 7 miles per hour (11 km / h).
For now, there are no coastal watches or warnings in effect, although the NHC predicted that the swells generated by Sam will reach the Lesser Antilles early next week.
These swells could cause dangerous surf conditions and currents, he warned.
The movement shifted to the northwest and will be accompanied by a slow weakening starting Monday.
Although powerful, Sam is still a small hurricane in scope. Hurricane intensity winds extend up to 30 miles (45 km) from the center and tropical storm force winds extend up to 105 miles (165 km).
The 2021 hurricane season is being busier than normal, just as experts have predicted.
Of the list of names for 2021, only Victor and Wanda remain to be used and there are still two months of the season ahead.
So far this year, seven hurricanes have formed in the Atlantic basin, Elsa, Grace, Henri, Ida, Larry, Nicholas and Sam. Of them Grace, Ida, Larry and Sam reached the highest category, 3 or more on the Saffir-Simpson scale.
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