Hurricane Sam “has peaked in intensity,” no landfall expected

Miami — Hurricane Sam was a powerful Category 4 storm in the Atlantic Ocean, but forecasters said late Sunday that it had “peaked in intensity.” Sam was centered well offshore from land, located about 850 miles east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in an advisory. It was traveling northwest at 7 mph.
 
Sam had maximum sustained winds of 145 mph, making it a Category 4 hurricane. Forecasters said there would be some fluctuations in its strength over the next day or so, followed by a slow weakening.

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A map of Hurricane Sam’s location as of 11 p.m. Eastern on September 27, 2021 and its forecast path through the week, provided by the National Hurricane Center.  NOAA/National Hurricane Center

The Miami-based hurricane center said Sam was a small tropical cyclone, with hurricane-force winds extending outward just 30 miles from its center.
 
No coastal watches or warnings were in effect, however swells from Hurricane Sam could cause dangerous rip current conditions off the coast of the Lesser Antilles early this week, officials said.

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Hurricane Sam, in the center-right of this satellite image, is seen churning in the Atlantic Ocean as it heads slowly to the northwest early on the morning of September 27, 2021, as a Category 4 storm. National Hurricane Center/NOAA