At 500 AM AST, the center of Hurricane Sam was located
near latitude 40.8 North, longitude 48.7 West. Sam is moving toward
the northeast near 30 mph. A northeastward motion at
a faster forward speed is expected over the next couple of days. The
cyclone is forecast to slow down over the far north Atlantic
southwest of Iceland around midweek.
Maximum sustained winds remain near 105 mph with higher
gusts. Gradual weakening is forecast during the next few days, and
Sam is expected to transition into a powerful post-tropical cyclone
by early Tuesday.
Sam is a large hurricane. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up
to 70 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds
extend outward up to 255 miles.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 957 mb.
At 500 AM AST, the center of Tropical Depression Victor
was located near latitude 18.1 North, longitude 43.6 West. The
depression is moving toward the west-northwest near 14 mph
and this general motion is expected to continue through today.
Maximum sustained winds have decreased near 30 mph with
higher gusts. Further weakening is forecast, and Victor is expected
to become a remnant low later today and dissipate by Tuesday.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 1009 mb.
We are watching another area of concern in the Atlantic, just off
the Georgia and South Carolina Coast. This area of showers and storms has a weak chance for
development over the next 3 days.