Hurricane Sam briefly downgraded to a category 3 earlier, but has now regained category 4 strength. For the rest of the week, Sam will remain a major hurricane as it continues to travel northwest. By the weekend, the track will shift to the north and Sam will then weaken. Sam does not pose a threat to the United States.
There are a few other areas we are watching…
One is from the remnants of Tropical Storm Peter, where there are showers and storms a few hundred miles east of Bermuda. Chance of development: 50% over 48 hours, 50% over 5 days.
The other two areas are just to the west of Africa. Both are at high chances of development, and will likely be our next two named storms, which would complete the 2021 first list of names. 70% over 48 hours, 90% over 5 days.