HURRICANE Sam has captivated the world with its incredible endurance and power, and while the storm has caused choppy conditions across North America, it has yet to make catastrophic landfall. The storm will bring rough seas to the Bermuda Islands, according to various spaghetti models (charts that show tropical storms’ potential paths and impacts), but the period of rapid intensification has ended.
Hurricane Sam has pushed further out to sea over the last few days[/caption]
Sam became a Category 4 on Sunday and briefly weakened to a Category 3 on Monday before strengthening back to a 4 on Tuesday and maintaining that status through Thursday.
Sam became a hurricane shortly before 5 a.m. on Friday, and is expected to pose no threat to land on the US east coast other than rip currents. Hurricane Sam is the seventh storm to maintain Category 3 status for an extended period of time since 1966.