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.
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