The projected path of Hurricane Sam continues to curve northward and away from the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Longer term, computer models indicate that Sam will likely stay out in the Atlantic rather than slam the US mainland.
FROM THE DISCUSSION SECTION OF THE LATEST NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER FORECAST:
There are no warnings or watches associated with SAM at this time.
The current strengthening is expected to continue for the next
6-12 h, and based on this the new intensity forecast now calls for a
peak intensity of 130 kt. After the peak, Sam is expected to be in
an environment of warm sea surface temperatures and light wind
shear for at least the next 3-4 days. This suggests the intensity
will be controlled mainly by eyewall replacement cycles and
possible intrusions of dry air, which would cause some short-term
fluctuations in intensity. In the bigger picture, the intensity
guidance calls for a slow weakening during the 24-120 h forecast
period, and the new intensity forecast does the same. However, it
is likely that Sam will remain a major hurricane through 120 h.
WWL SATURDAY OUTLOOK
ANOTHER LOOK AT THE FORECAST
KHOU-TV LOOKS AT SAM
WPLG EVENING FORECAST FOR THE STORMS
As the storm came onshore at or above hurricane strength, Nicholas
More of the high winds and driving rains, storm surge hitting the Galveston seawall
As the hurricane IDA moved through New Orleans
VIDOE FROM GOLDEN MEADOW, LA. AS THE STORM MOVED THROUGH
KEEP IN MIND THAT EARLY REPORTS ARE FRAGMENTARY
IDA moved through Laforche Parish, La.
THIS VIDEO IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHY YOU SHOULDN'T TRY DRIVING THROUGH HURRICANE STORM SURGE: YOU CAN DIE OR COME CLOSE TO IT.
LIVE FISH SWIMMING IN THE ROAD? YES
Massive waves and storm surge from the hurricane
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