Hurricane Sam, a powerful Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph, is expected to begin a slow weakening in the next couple of days, while retaining its status as a major hurricane, forecasters said.
Sam’s intensity is expected to drop as it encounters storm-shredding wind shear this week, but it’s expected to remain a major hurricane for at least the next five days, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Sam is due to take a turn to the northwest by Monday and maintain that path through midweek, turning it away from Florida and the Caribbean.
As of 5 a.m. Sunday, Sam was about 940 miles east-southeast of the far eastern Caribbean and moving west-northwest at 8 mph.
Tropical Storm Teresa, the second-earliest 19th named storm to form in the Atlantic basin, was short-lived, dissipating by 2 a.m. Sunday.
Forecasters are watching several other areas for potential storm development.
A broad area of low pressure could form to the west of the tropical wave. That area could develop as it move west over the next week.