Hurricane Sam Expected to Cause ‘Life-Threatening’ Conditions on East Coast Beaches

by Anna Dunn

Hurricane Sam is expected to Cause ‘life-threatening’ conditions on East Coast beaches. If you’re anywhere on the East Coast of the United States, you should exercise extreme caution when going to the beach this weekend as the storm nears. While Sam isn’t expected to make landfall, Hurricanes can cause damage without touching the shore.

“Significant swells will likely reach the east coast of the United States and Atlantic Canada by the weekend. These swells will likely cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions, and beachgoers and other interests along these coasts are urged to follow the advice of lifeguards and local officials through the upcoming weekend,” the National Hurricane Center wrote in an official statement.

Major swells are already affecting the Leeward Islands and will soon affect Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Hispaniola, The Bahamas, and Bermuda. AccuWeather also warns of increased flood threat during high tides in areas prone to flooding during nor’easters.

The swell activity will likely cause far less destruction and risk than Hurricane Larry, but those on the eastern seaboard should still remain aware of the situation as the Hurricane approaches. Major hurricanes like Sam can affect tides hundreds of miles away.

Sam will Likely Maintain Major Hurricane Status Through Tuesday

With no land slowing it down, Accuweather predicts that Hurricane Sam will probably maintain its status as a major hurricane (category 3+) over the course of the weekend. The storm, however, started in one of the best possible spots, far away from land. It’s expected to make a northwestern curve. Hopefully, this will keep it from making landfall anywhere.

The two areas that appear to be most at risk are Bermuda and Newfoundland. The Hurricane will likely miss Bermuda narrowly and has the potential to go left towards Newfoundland.

At its strongest, Hurricane sam touted 130 mph winds and was quite close to gaining the terrifying category five status. For a while, it was the strongest active storm on the planet. Now, it’s battling it out with Typhoon Mindulle, which is raging over the Philippine Sea.

After weakening a bit over the weekend, Sam will likely pick up strength and become a category four again by Monday night. Thankfully, it looks like the impact of this storm will be minimal.

There are also multiple other systems in the Atlantic right now that have the chance of strengthening. There’s a current depression in the Atlantic basin that could shape up to become a named storm. But like sam, it would be very unlikely to hit land. There are also two other systems in the Atlantic on The National Hurricane Center’s radar right now. These both have a relatively small chance of developing.