Sam Now A Monster Category 4 Hurricane With 145 MPH Winds; Latest Projected Path

Hurricane Sam has quickly strengthened to major Category 4 status as it churns in the Atlantic basin.

As of Sunday morning, Sept. 26, Sam is located east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands and is moving toward the west-northwest at around 8 miles per hour.

That general motion is expected to continue Sunday, followed by a turn toward the northwest on Monday, Sept. 27, the National Hurricane Center said. That will be followed by a northwestward motion through midweek.

Sam now has maximum sustained winds are near 145 mph with higher gusts,  which is Cat 4 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

For a look at the projected track and timing of the storm, click on the first two images above.

Sam will either veer on a west-northwest track later this week, which would take it closer to the US coast, or continue to turn progressively to the north, according to AccuWeather.

For a look at those two scenarios, click on the third image above.

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