Hurricane to ‘become Category 4’ as trackers say it could go toward east coast


HURRICANE Sam has strengthened from a tropical storm over the Atlantic and is now expected to be a major storm later in the day.

The storm, which is the 18th named one of the season, is forecast to become a Category 4, according to the Weather Channel.

Sam strengthened into a hurricane shortly before 5am Friday morning, and is expected to become a major hurricane late Friday and into Saturday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Sam is currently about 1,400 miles east-southeast of the Leeward Islands but is heading west toward them.

It could be days until the storm reaches the islands, according to the Weather Channel.

A hurricane warning has been put in place for the Atlantic.

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

 

  • WHAT IS A TROPICAL DEPRESSION?

    A tropical depression is categorised as one of the four stages of a tropical cyclone.

    It forms when a thunderstorm grows higher and larger causing the air at the top to become unstable.

    As the heat energy is released from the cooling water vapor, the air at the top of the clouds becomes warmer, making the air pressure higher and causing winds to move outward away from the high pressure area.

    Winds in the storm cloud then created start to spin faster and faster, whipping around in a circular motion.

    When the winds reach between 25 and 38 mph, the storm is considered a tropical depression.

  • COULD BECOME CATEGORY 4

    Sam is on track to become a Category 4 hurricane this weekend.

  • STORMY WEATHER

    Stormy conditions are beginning.

  • NORTH CAROLINA PREPARES FOR STORM

    Sam could cause rip currents through North Carolina this weekend.

  • INTENSIFICATION CONTINUES

    Sam is expected to continue to intensify through Saturday.

  • HURRICANE WARNING

    It could be days until the storm reaches the islands, according to the Weather Channel.

    A hurricane warning has been put in place for the Atlantic.

  • WHEN DID THE STORM STRENGTHEN?

    Sam strengthened into a hurricane shortly before 5am Friday morning, and is expected to become a major hurricane late Friday and into Saturday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.

    Sam is currently about 1,400 miles east-southeast of the Leeward Islands but is heading west toward them.

  • 18TH STORM

    The storm, which is the 18th named one of the season, is forecast to become a Category 4, according to the Weather Channel.

  • HURRICANE SAM

    Hurricane Sam has strengthened from a tropical storm over the Atlantic and is now expected to be a major storm later in the day.





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