Distant Hurricane Sam continues to bring dangerous rip currents, swells to Florida beaches

High rip current risk through at least Sunday evening

Sam continues to bring strong rip currents to Florida even as it moves AWAY from the Sunshine State.
Sam continues to bring strong rip currents to Florida even as it moves AWAY from the Sunshine State.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Hurricane Sam continues to be a powerful hurricane as it moves north through the Atlantic Ocean. Even as Sam is more than 1,000 northeast of Florida, the storms indirect impacts are being felt across the Atlantic.

As of 11 a.m. Sunday, Hurricane Sam has maximum sustained winds near 100 mph with higher gusts, according to the National Hurricane Center. The hurricane is about 625 miles south of Cape Race, Newfoundland, and heading northeast at 16 mph.

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Numerous strong rip currents will impact the Florida beaches through at least Sunday evening as Hurricane Sam pulls away from Bermuda toward the North Atlantic. A stiff northeast breeze on the order of 10-15 mph will also make for rough surf. The rough surf will enhance the hidden rip current threat through the weekend. It is advised not to enter the ocean.

There will be strong rip currents off the Florida coast Sunday.

Expect waves to be on the order 3-5 feet Sunday.

Ocean conditions will gradually improve starting Monday.


About the Author:

Jonathan Kegges joined the News 6 team in June 2019 as the Weekend Morning Meteorologist. Jonathan comes from Roanoke, Virginia where he covered three EF-3 tornadoes and deadly flooding brought on by Hurricanes Florence and Michael.