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Bermuda gets storm watch as Hurricane Sam swirls in Atlantic

Tropical Storm Victor also formed southwest of the Cape Verde islands, far from land.
Hurricane Sam was spinning toward Bermuda on Thursday and Tropical Storm Victor also formed in the Atlantic.
Hurricane Sam was spinning toward Bermuda on Thursday and Tropical Storm Victor also formed in the Atlantic. [ National Hurricane Center ]
Published Sep. 30

MIAMI — Hurricane Sam was a powerful Category 4 storm again Thursday with forecasters predicting a glancing blow to Bermuda as it spins north in the Atlantic Ocean. A tropical storm watch was issued for the island.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Sam was centered about 825 miles south-southeast of Bermuda and should pass to the east of the island, but storm conditions were expected because tropical storm-force winds extended 150 miles from its center.

An Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft measured Sam’s top winds at nearly 145 mph Thursday morning. Sam’s swells also could cause high surf and dangerous rip currents along U.S. East Coast beaches this weekend.

Tropical Storm Victor formed southwest of the Cape Verde islands, far from land, and was expected to become a minimal hurricane Friday night before dissipating in the central Atlantic Ocean, the hurricane center said.

Neither Sam or Victor is considered a threat to Florida at this time.

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