HURRICANE Sam has strengthened from a tropical storm over the Atlantic and is now expected to be a major storm.
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.
A spagetti model shows the storm reaching Florida, but experts say that as of now, landfall in the US is not likely.
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.
Sam is currently about 1,400 miles east-southeast of the Leeward Islands but is heading west toward them.
A hurricane warning has been put in place for the Atlantic.
Read our Hurricane Sam live blog for the latest news and updates…