Hurricane Sam, a powerful Category 4 storm in the Atlantic Ocean, has ‘peaked in intensity’ U.S forecasters reported late Sunday.
According to the forecasters, Sam is expected to maintain its movement to the northwest through midweek, then head north, turning it away from Florida and the Caribbean, but bringing it closer to Bermuda.
The Saint Lucia Meteorological Services 6:00 am weather report on Monday said at 5:00 am, the centre of Hurricane Sam was located near latitude 15.2 degrees north, longitude 51.4 degrees west, or about 800 miles or 1290 km east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands.
“Sam is moving toward the northwest near 8 mph or 13 km/h. Maximum sustained winds are near 130 mph or 215 km/h, with higher gusts. Sam is a category 4 hurricane, little change in strength is expected during the next day or so. Thereafter some slow weakening is forecast,” the report said.
It noted that Sam is not expected to directly impact the islands, but swells generated by this system are forecast to reach the Lesser Antilles early this week.
As a result, the Met Office advised interests in the Leeward and northern Windward Islands to continue monitoring the progress of this system.
In addition, the Met Office said that two tropical waves located over the central and eastern Tropical Atlantic are moving westward near 17 mph or 28 km/h.
“A broad area of low pressure, located in the central tropical Atlantic has the potential for cyclone development during the next two to five days,” it added.