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Hurricane Sam is a Category 4 storm that is not expected to strike Bermuda but is forecast bring tropical storm conditions to the territory and other islands. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Sam’s core will travel well east of Bermuda. It is located 435 miles south-southeast of Bermuda as of Friday morning. Strong wind and rough surf are expected to affect Bermuda and the Bahamas beginning Friday night or Saturday morning. Swells could also send high surf and dangerous rip currents to U.S. East Coast beaches this weekend. Tropical Storm Victor is also at sea but poses no threat to land.

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Hurricane Sam is a powerful Category 4 storm again with forecasters predicting a glancing blow to Bermuda as it spins north in the Atlantic Ocean. A tropical storm watch was issued on Thursday for the island. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Sam is centered about 550 miles south-southeast of Bermuda and should pass to the east of the island, but with tropical storm-force winds extending 150 miles from its center. Sam's top winds were near 145 mph Thursday night. Swells from Hurricane Sam also could send high surf and dangerous rip currents to U.S. East Coast beaches this weekend. Tropical Storm Victor is also at sea but poses no threat to land.

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It's going to be a rough weekend in the water for beachgoers along the U.S. east coast. The National Hurricane Center predicts life-threatening surf and rip currents as Hurricane Sam turns northward. Forecasters expect the Category 4 hurricane to remain at sea, but with top winds of 130 mph, it’s already sending dangerous ocean swells to islands hundreds of miles away. Sam was centered about 455 miles east of the northern Leeward Islands on Wednesday. Forecasters say large swells will spread to the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, the Bahamas, and Bermuda by Thursday or Friday, then crash against U.S. east coast beaches this weekend. 

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Hurricane Sam has strengthened again to a powerful Category 4 storm. It's centered well offshore in the Atlantic Ocean but could still send dangerous swells and rip currents later this week to the Bahamas, Bermuda and eventually the northeastern U.S. coast. Sam is located about 610 miles east of the northern Leeward Islands and is traveling northwest at 9 mph. The Miami-based National Hurricane Center said top sustained winds rose again to 130 mph, making it a Category 4 hurricane. Forecasters expect it to remain a major hurricane through late this week as it turns northward on a track that would keep its center well offshore.

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Hurricane Sam is a powerful Category 4 storm in the Atlantic but it poses no threat to land as it loops northward in the Atlantic. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said in an advisory Monday that Sam is centered about 800 miles southeast of the northern Leeward Islands. Its maximum sustained winds dropped to 130 mph Monday morning. Forecasters say there will be little change in strength over the next day or so, followed by a slow weakening. No coastal watches or warnings are in effect. However, swells from Hurricane Sam could cause dangerous rip current conditions off the coast of the Lesser Antilles early this week.