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Sam strengthens into a Category 2 hurricane in the Atlantic

Sam is the 18th named storm of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season
Latest information in from the National Hurricane Center.
Latest information in from the National Hurricane Center.(KBTX)
Published: Sep. 24, 2021 at 7:38 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 24, 2021 at 10:00 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - As of the Friday night update from the National Hurricane Center, Sam is now a Category 2 hurricane as the system churns over the warm waters of the Atlantic.

As of the 10pm Friday update:

LocationMaximum Sustained WindsMovementMinimum Central Pressure
~ 1,215 miles ESE of the Northern Leeward Islands100 mphWNW at 14 mph982 mb

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center note that additional strengthening is expected over the next few days. Sam is currently forecasted to near or at major hurricane status (category 3+) by Saturday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles from the center. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles.

At this time, this system is expected to rotate around the western edge of high pressure, remaining over open water and away from the East Coast of the United States. No impacts to the Brazos Valley from Sam are currently expected.

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