28 September (WNN) — Forecasters said Hurricane Sam reverted to a Category 4 storm early Tuesday after weakening a day earlier.
The National Hurricane Center said Sam had weakened slightly to a Category 3 hurricane on Monday, but regained its strength overnight.
In a 5 a.m. AST update on Tuesday, NHC said Sam was located 610 miles east of the northern Leeward Islands and had maximum sustained winds of 130 mph. It was moving to the northwest at 9 mph.
A hurricane is considered Category 3 strength when its winds reach 111 mph and Category 4 130 mph.
Sam formed as a tropical storm last week and has gained strength as it moves west. At one point, it appeared that the storm could potentially take a track to the US Southeast, but projections now suggest it is expected to turn north and miss the United States.
However, it could have an impact on Bermuda later this week.
“On the forecast track, Sam will pass well to the northeast of the northern Leeward Islands on Wednesday and Thursday,” the NHC said.
Although it is a large storm, forecasters say Sam is a minor storm.
Sam is the 18th named hurricane and the seventh hurricane of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season. A year earlier, the storm named “s”, Sally, formed on September 12.