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Hurricane Sam strengthens to Category 3 storm in Atlantic

Hurricane Sam strengthened into a Category 3 hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday and is expected to strengthen even more as the weekend progresses.

Sam was 1,095 mile (1,760 kilometers), east-southeast from the northern Leeward Island in the Caribbean Sea, so there were no coastal warnings or watches. The wind was blowing west-northwest at 10mph (16 km/h).

The U.S. National Hurricane Center Miami stated that Sam’s maximum sustained winds were 120 mph (195 kph). With winds up to 140 mph (22.5 kph), it’s likely that the storm will become a Category-4 hurricane on Sunday.

Subtropical Storm Teresa formed Friday, north of Bermuda. According to the forecast, Teresa would have maximum sustained winds at 35 mph (55 km/h). There is little chance of Teresa becoming stronger. About 140 miles (230km) North-northwest from Bermuda, the storm was centred.

Forecasters said that Teresa would likely be the 9th “shortie” in the hurricane season. These systems are usually short-lived, and weak.

Mike Robinson
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