Sam now a hurricane, forecast to become a category 4 major hurricane

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MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – As of 4 AM Friday, Sam has strengthened into a category 1 hurricane. As of 10 AM Friday, winds are at 75 mph.

The storm is continuing to organize now forming a solid core. This has lead to intensification. Sam is packing 75 mph winds. Additional strengthening is expected and Sam could become a major hurricane Saturday and a category 4 hurricane later in the weekend.

Sam will take its time moving west and should approach the Leeward and Windward Islands by Monday. Currently, it does not appear that Sam will be a significant threat to the U.S. We will continue to monitor this system as it moves west.

We have only three names left on the 2021 List of Names for the Atlantic Season. It is looking possible that we will make it through the list again. But this year, we will not move into the Greek alphabet. We will move into a secondary, supplemental list of names provided by the World Meteorological Organization.

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