Hurricane Sam LIVE – Spaghetti model of one of the longest Atlantic hurricanes reveals path as Bermuda hit by rough surf

HURRICANE Sam has captured global attention for its staggering longevity and power, and while the storm has produced choppy conditions all over North America, it has yet to make catastrophic landfall.

Various spaghetti models, charts that show tropical storms' potential paths and impacts, indicate the storm will bring rough seas to the Bermuda Islands, but the period of rapid intensification has ended.

The 18th named storm of the season, Sam became a Category 4 on Sunday and briefly weakened to a Category 3 on Monday before strengthening back to a 4 on Tuesday and maintaining that status through Thursday.

Sam strengthened into a hurricane shortly before 5am on Friday morning, and is expected to pose no threat to land other than rip currents on the US east coast.

Hurricane Sam is the seventh storm since 1966 to maintain Category 3 status for such a prolonged period of time.

Read our Hurricane Sam live blog for the latest news and updates…

 

  • H. J. Hayes

    FOOTAGE FROM INSIDE HURRICANE SAM

    The video from the NOAA and Saildrone uses cutting-edge technology to show the inner eye of the storm.

     

  • H. J. Hayes

    HOW CAN I STAY SAFE IN A RIP CURRENT?

    Rip currents may take you out to sea, but unlike rip tides, they won't take you under.

    The National Weather Service advises that, if caught in a rip current, you yell, wave, and make sure to float–panicking and running out of energy could be dangerous.

    Strong swimmers should paddle parallel to the shore until they're freed from the rip current.

    Weaker swimmers should float and preserve their energy.

    Don't fight against the current, no matter how strong a swimmer you are.

    And never swim alone–if you don't have a swimming buddy, make sure there's a lifeguard on duty who knows you're in the water.

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    SPOTTING A RIP CURRENT

    Even though they're most prevalent at low tide, rip currents can happen anytime.

    Flat water between breaking waves may be a rip current flowing out to sea.

    Especially if that water is dark–you won't see white foam from breaking waves where a rip current is present.

    You can also keep an eye out for linear motion, like a line of seaweed or debris heading into deeper water, away from the beach.

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    WHAT IS A RIP CURRENT?

    According to the National Weather Service, rip currents are the top weather-related killer at beaches along the northern Gulf Coast.

    Think of a rip current as " a natural treadmill traveling away from the beach," says the National Weather Service.

    Rip currents can travel as fast as 8 feet per second and rip even the strongest swimmers out to sea.

    Rip currents are life-threatening to anyone entering the surf.

  • H. J. Hayes

    SALINDRONE, EXPLAINED

    Salindrone is the company behind the first drone footage from inside the eye of a hurricane, released earlier this week.

    The Washington Post reports, “Saildrone is a company that manufactures probes that collect ocean data for use in environmental studies.

    “Saildrones come in three different sizes, and can be fitted with devices to measure weather and ocean conditions, map the seafloor and even track “biomass,” or fish and other organisms, that live in the waters.”

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    ONLY SIX ATLANTIC HURRICANES HAVE MAINTAINED MAJOR HURRICANE STRENGTH FOR A WEEK+

    According to meteorologist Philip Klotzbach, only six Atlantic hurricanes have maintained more than seven consecutive days at major hurricane strength in 1966 onwards.

    Those hurricanes are:

    Ivan-2004-9 days

    Luis-1995-8.25 days

    Isabel-2003-8 days

    Edouard-1996-7.75 days

    Matthew-2016-7.5 days

    Fabian-2003-7.25 days

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    SAM HAS BEEN A CATEGORY 3+ HURRICANE FOR 7 CONSECUTIVE DAYS

     

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    2021 HURRICANE NAMES

    • Ana
    • Bill
    • Claudette
    • Danny
    • Elsa
    • Fred
    • Grace
    • Henri
    • Ida
    • Julian
    • Kate
    • Larry
    • Mindy
    • Nicholas
    • Odette
    • Peter
    • Rose
    • Sam
    • Teresa
    • Victor
    • Wanda

     

    SEPTEMBER 30 FOOTAGE FROM INSIDE HURRICANE SAM

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      WHAT ARE RIP CURRENTS?

      Rip currents are powerful currents of water moving away from shore, the National Hurricane Center explained.

      “They can sweep even the strongest swimmer away from shore. If at all possible, swim near a lifeguard,” the center warned.

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      WHEN IS HURRICANE SEASON?

      Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30.

      September 10 is the "statistical peak" of hurricane season.

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      WHAT HAVE BEEN THE DEADLIEST HURRICANES IN HISTORY?

      Some of the deadliest hurricanes in history included The Great Hurricane and The St Lucia Hurricane.

      • The Great Hurricane – 1780, also known as Huracán San Calixto saw between 22,000 and 27,501 deaths. No data is available on the strength of the hurricane as the official Atlantic hurricane database doesn't go back as far as 1780, but experts estimate the hurricane was likely a category 5.
      • Pointe-à-Pitre Bay – hitting in 1776, this hurricane saw over 6,000 deaths.
      • The St Lucia Hurricane – in 1780, this hurricane attacked Puerto Rico and St Lucia and saw around 5,000 deaths.
      • Newfoundland – devastating the North Carolina town of Newfoundland in 1775, this deadly hurricane caused mass destruction and resulted in over 4,000 deaths.
      • Central Atlantic Hurricane – in September 1782 this hurricane destroyed Admiral Thomas Graves's fleet during the American Revolutionary War and took the lives of over 3,000 people.
      • Martinique and Dominica –  This hurricane crashed across the islands of Martinique and Dominica in 1817, also killing 3,000 people.
      • Hurricane Katrina – The costliest natural disaster ever to hit America, Katrina claimed at least 1,833 lives and left 80 percent of New Orleans flooded with 70 percent of homes in the city damaged.
      • Hurricane Dorian – The most recent deadly hurricane claimed at least 50 lives after it hit the Bahamas. Many people are still reported as missing even months since the disaster.

       

      WHAT TO EXPECT FROM HURRICANE SAM

      "A turn toward the northeast is expected by tonight, with an increase in forward speed forecast through Monday," said the National Hurricane Center.

      Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 130 mph with higher gusts.

      Sam is a category 4 hurricane, and though additional weakening is forecast during the next few days, Sam is expected to remain a major hurricane through today or tonight.

      Sam is likely to become a hurricane-force post-tropical low by Monday night or early Tuesday.

      HURRICANE SAM BRINGS SWELLS

      In the Bahamas, Bermuda and the Greater Antilles, swells generated by Sam are expected to have an impact over the next few days.

      On the east coast of the US, swells are expected to start causing riptides and dangerous surf conditions today.

      Here's What Is Happening In Bermuda

      The Tropical Storm Warning for Bermuda has been discontinued as of 5am Saturday.

      However, wind continues to reach tropical storm forces, and is not expected to abate until late morning or early afternoon.

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        WHAT IS TROPICAL STORM VICTOR'S TRAJECTORY NOW?

        Tropical Storm Victor is losing power rapidly, said the National Hurricane Center.

        As it continues to weaken over the Eastern Tropical Atlantic, experts believe it will become a 'remnant low,' also called a post-tropical cyclone, by Monday.

      • Danielle Cinone

        INSIDE THE STORM

        This video from the NOAA shows drone footage from inside Hurricane Sam.

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        WHAT DID THE NOAA SAY ABOUT HURRICANE SEASON?

        NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center “is predicting another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season,” according to an agency press release.

        “Forecasters predict a 60 percent chance of an above-normal season, a 25 percent chance of a near-normal season, and a 10 percent chance of a below-normal season,” according to the NOAA release.

        “However, experts do not anticipate the historic level of storm activity seen in 2020.”

      • Danielle Cinone

        HURRICANE SAM PICTURED FROM SPACE

        NASA's Space Station captured an impressive photo of Hurricane Sam.

         

      • Danielle Cinone

        150MPH WINDS

        Hurricane Sam has been centered in the Atlantic ocean and is making it's way north with 150mph winds.

        The storm remains a category 4 storm, but it will start to lessen in wind and intensity throughout the weekend.

         

      • Danielle Cinone

        ‘DEADLY’ RIP CURRENTS

        Four to eight-foot waves are expected to crash ashore on Florida’s east coast beaches throughout the weekend, FOX 35 Storm Team reported.

        The rip currents could be “deadly.”

      • Danielle Cinone

        'RARE TERRITORY'

        Meteorologist Jake Carstens tweeted: "With the latest advisory holding at 150 mph, #Sam enters some rare territory.

        "It's now the 8th Atlantic storm in the Satellite Era (since 1966) to be a Category 4 or stronger hurricane for 5 days or more."

      • Danielle Cinone

        WHEN IS THE 2021 HURRICANE SEASON?

        Hurricane season officially starts June 1, 2021, and will last through November 30.

        Of the 13 to 21 named storms, six to 10 could become hurricanes with winds of 74 miles per hour or higher, according to the government agency.

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        GRAPHICAL TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOKS

        The National Hurricane Center shared this two-day graphical tropical weather outlook.

         

      • Danielle Cinone

        MOISTURE AROUND HURRICANE SAM

        NTVNewsNL's Chief Meteorologist shared a map "of moisture in the atmosphere, known as precipitable water (PWAT)."

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