ORLANDO, Fla. – Sam continues to be a major Category 4 hurricane that will eventually turn to the north and away from Puerto Rico as well as the Lesser Antilles.
As of 11 p.m. Wednesday, Sam was packing 145 mph winds while moving northwest at 12 mph, about 350 miles east-northeast of the Leeward Islands.
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Tropical Storm Victor has formed 555 miles south of the Cabo Verde Islands. Victor has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and is moving west-northwest at 13 mph. Meteorologists said Victor will strengthen to a Category 1 hurricane by week’s end. The storm is expected to turn to the northwest, away from any land.
Meantime, showers and thunderstorms remain disorganized in association with a broad and elongated area of low pressure that is several hundred miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. Development of this system appears less likely due to the interaction with the larger low pressure area located to its east. The system is forecast to drift west-northwest over the next few days.
The NHC says it has a 30% chance to develop in the coming days.
And an area of low pressure associated with the remnants of Peter is located several hundred miles east-northeast of Bermuda. Recent satellite wind data indicate that the circulation of the low has become less defined and shower activity remains limited. The system is moving northeast into a region of very strong upper-level winds and significant development of this system is no longer anticipated.
As of now, Florida will not be directly impacted by any of the systems, although Sam will create dangerous rip currents for Central Florida beaches.
The next named storm will be Wanda.
If all of the names of the 2021 season are exhausted, a supplemental list of names, rather than the Greek Alphabet, will be used to finish the season. This is new for the 2021 season.
Adria is the first name on the supplemental list.
Hurricane season ends Dec. 1.