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Hurricane Sam Will Dodge the Shores of the U.S.

Hurricane Sam counts as an 2021 Atlantic storm, but other than “surf’s up” it looks like the United States will be spared landfall.

See this story from AccuWeather News:

“Mighty Hurricane Sam keeps spinning over open Atlantic”

“AccuWeather Global Weather Center – September 29, 2021 –  Hurricane Sam is likely to continue its long journey as a major hurricane across the Atlantic Ocean into late this week. It will stay well out to sea and avoid direct impact on the United States, but AccuWeather forecasters warn that big waves will still reach the shores of the Atlantic coast. After a near-miss with Bermuda, the storm could swing a left toward the island of Newfoundland in Atlantic Canada.

“As of early Wednesday morning, Hurricane Sam was the most powerful storm on the planet. The major Category 4 hurricane, packing 130-mph maximum sustained winds, was churning 455 miles to the east of the northern Leeward Islands and moving northwestward at 9 mph.

“Sam should be able to maintain major hurricane intensity status (Category 3 or higher) due to light wind shear and warm water along its projected path, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Adam Douty.

“Sam strengthened back into a Category 4 storm Monday night into Tuesday after undergoing what meteorologists call an eyewall replacement cycle from Sunday night into Monday. This change in the structure of the inner core of the hurricane caused the eye to become more ragged-looking in satellite imagery, the central atmospheric pressure of the storm to rise and sustained winds to weaken slightly Monday.

“Top winds in the core of the hurricane dipped to Category 3 strength at 120 mph for a time Monday, but by early Tuesday morning had increased to 130 mph, which was Category 4 intensity. Late Sunday afternoon, Sam had equaled the intensity of Hurricane Ida from August with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph, just 6 mph shy of Category 5 intensity.”
Eric Holdeman is a nationally known emergency manager. He has worked in emergency management at the federal, state and local government levels. Today he serves as the Director, Center for Regional Disaster Resilience (CRDR), which is part of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER). The focus for his work there is engaging the public and private sectors to work collaboratively on issues of common interest, regionally and cross jurisdictionally.
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