Tracking the tropics: Forecasters watch monstrous Hurricane Sam, 3 other systems

Center of Sam forecast to stay away from land

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center have their hands full Tuesday. Not only are they watching a powerful Hurricane Sam, but they are also monitoring three other areas of interest.

Here’s what you need to know about all of the systems being tracked.


Hurricane Sam was holding on to Category 4 strength, as of the 5 a.m. Atlantic advisory. It had winds of 130 mph, which puts it on the cusp of Category 3/Category 4 status. It has been fluctuating between those two categories for a couple of days now.

It was located about 610 miles east of the Leeward Islands and was moving northwest at 9 mph.

The good news is that the center of Sam is expected to stay in open water, but it gets close to Bermuda by the weekend.

Rough seas from the Lesser Antilles to Bermuda to the East Coast of the U.S. are expected this week.

Remnants of Peter

The leftovers of Tropical Storm Peter could reorganize into a tropical depression in the next couple of days. The system is located northeast of Bermuda. It has a 50% chance of development within two days.

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A cluster of storms associated with a tropical wave off the west coast of Africa is becoming better organized. Forecasters expect a tropical depression any day now. It has an 80% chance of development within two days and a 90% chance within five days.

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A broad area of low pressure located several hundred miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands is likely to become a tropical depression in the next couple of days. It has a 70% chance of development within two days and an 80% chance within five days.

Where we stand

The Atlantic hurricane season continues through the end of November. Here’s where things stand as of Tuesday.