Oct. 1 (UPI) — Hurricane Sam is weakening yet growing in size, forecasters said Saturday afternoon.
In its 5 p.m.. AST update, the National Hurricane Center said the storm was located over the Atlantic Ocean about 435 miles northeast of Bermuda and about 825 miles southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland. Sam is moving northeast at a speed of nearly 17 mph. The forecast described Sam as a Category 3 hurricane and said it’s expected to move southeast of Newfoundland.
No coastal watches or warnings in effect, the forecast said. Swells generated by Same will impact the northern Leeward Islands, the Greater Antilles, the Bahamas, Bermuda, the eastern U.S. and Atlantic Canada for the next couple of days.
“These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions,” the forecast said.
The major hurricane made a turn toward the northeast Friday. The agency earlier said Sam is forecast to weaken over the next few days, becoming a hurricane-force post-tropical low by Monday night or early Tuesday.
Sam is the 18th named storm and the seventh hurricane of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season. A year ago, the “s” named storm, Sally, formed on Sept. 12.