HURRICANE Sam has strengthened from a tropical storm over the Atlantic and is now expected to be a major storm as another tropical storm rages in the Altantic.
The storm, which is the 18th named one of the season, became a Category 4 on Sunday and briefly weakned to a Category 3 on Monday before strengthening back to a 4 on Tuesday and maintaining that status through Thursday.
A spagetti model shows the storm reaching Florida, but experts say that as of now, landfall in the US is not likely, but a tropical storm watch has been issued for Bermuda.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has confirmed the “small but ferocious” Category 4 storm currently has maximum sustained winds of 145mph.
Sam strengthened into a hurricane shortly before 5am on Friday morning, and is expected to become a major hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Meanwhile, tropical Storm Victor has formed southwest of the Cape Verde islands, far from land, and is expected to become a minimal hurricane Friday night before dissipating in the central Atlantic Ocean, the hurricane center said.
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