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Sam a major hurricane, but far from land

No coastal watches or warnings were in effect.
Hurricane Sam strengthened to a Category 4 storm on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, according to the National Hurricane Center. The impact the storm will have on land, if any, was still uncertain, forecasters said.
Hurricane Sam strengthened to a Category 4 storm on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, according to the National Hurricane Center. The impact the storm will have on land, if any, was still uncertain, forecasters said. [ National Hurricane Center ]
Published Sep. 26

MIAMI — Hurricane Sam was a Category 4 storm early Sunday, but forecasters said the system could fluctuate in strength over the next day or so as it churns far from land over the Atlantic Ocean.

Sam was centered about 940 miles east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands on Sunday morning, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. It was moving west-northwest at 8 mph.

Forecasters said Sam had maximum sustained winds around 145 mph. Wind speeds were expected to vary in intensity over the next day or so, followed by some slow weakening.

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.