Hurricane Sam is small but mighty, still well offshore
MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Sam was a powerful Category 4 storm in the Atlantic Ocean, but forecasters said late Sunday that it had peaked in intensity.
Sam was centred well offshore from land Monday morning, located about 800 miles east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands, the US National Hurricane Center said in an advisory.
It was travelling northwest at eight miles per hour.
Sam had maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour, making it a Category 4 hurricane.
Forecasters said there would be little change in its strength over the next day or so, followed by a slow weakening.
Sam is expected to remain a major hurricane — Category 3 or higher — through midweek.
The Miami-based hurricane centre said Sam was a small tropical cyclone, with hurricane-force winds extending outward just 30 miles from its centre.
No coastal watches or warnings were in effect, however, swells from Hurricane Sam could cause dangerous rip current conditions off the coast of the Lesser Antilles early this week, officials said.
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