FIRST ALERT: Tropical Storm Sam forms, forecast to become hurricane
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Tropical Storm Sam just formed in the Atlantic and is forecast to become a hurricane late Friday/early Saturday.
At 11 AM, the center of Tropical Storm Sam was located near latitude 10.9 North, longitude 38.1 West. Sam is moving toward the west near 16 mph and this general motion is expected to continue over the next several days, but with a gradual slowdown in forward motion. Recent satellite wind data indicates maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 mph with higher gusts.
Additional strengthening is forecast over the next several days, and Sam is now forecast to become a hurricane tomorrow and be near major hurricane intensity by the end of the weekend. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1003 mb.
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