- Forecasters are expecting Sam to stay far enough off the ground to avoid major damage.
- A dip in the jet stream would take Sam away from America
Hurricane Sam moved west through the Atlantic basin on Sunday, a powerful category 4 hurricane Forecasters were expecting 145-mph winds and heavy rain to stay far enough off the ground to avoid major damage.
AccuWeather forecasters said a planned westward passage through the northern islands of the Caribbean was unlikely. AccuWeather meteorologist Bernie Reno said a dip in the jet stream would take Sam away from the US.
“But, if that jet stream dip continues westward or turns west, there’s room for Sam to get much closer to the US next weekend,” Reno said.
That scenario, nine years ago, helped drive Superstorm Sandy westward into New Jersey. Sandy was eventually blamed for nearly 300 deaths and nearly $70 billion in damages in several countries.
AccuWeather meteorologists didn’t predict the same outcome as Sandy, but they did warn of several possibilities for the storm’s future track, including a scenario that could cause Sam to track too close to the US.
Rob Miller, senior meteorologist at AccuWeather, said, “Even though Sam remains in the east of the U.S. this weekend until next weekend, the sea (might) rise due to surf and rising rip currents along the Atlantic coast from central Florida to Maine.” with.”
It may begin as early as mid-week along the southern half of the US coast and then extend northward over the next weekend. AccuWeather said a non-tropical storm associated with the jet stream could increase surf intensity along part of the Atlantic coast, as well as produce its own area of rain by the end of this week.
Sam is the 18th named hurricane and seventh hurricane of the Atlantic season. Only one other hurricane season – 2020 – has had 18 named storms so far this season on record. The rest of the names on the list this year are Teresa, Victor and Wanda.
A supplementary list approved by the World Meteorological Organization will replace the Greek alphabet used during last year’s record-breaking season. Supplemental List: Adria, Brellen, Caridad, Deshawan, Emery, Foster, Gemma and Heath.