A Tropical Storm Watch is now in effect for the local area as Hurricane Sam draws closer to the Island.

Forecasters at the Bermuda Weather Service (BWS) say: “High pressure will convey partly cloudy skies and light wind through today.

“However, as Hurricane Sam draws closer to the Island, we can expect increasing northerly wind on Friday which peaks early Saturday morning, then gradually easing Saturday afternoon and night. Cooler and dry weather is expected thereafter under building high pressure.”

The Tropical Storm Watch was posted in the latest update at 5:30am.

“Long period southeasterly swells continue to develop today while significant wave heights build to rough levels by Friday morning, then very rough by Friday night,” BWS forecasters said.

“Surface winds may briefly reach 25-35 knots Friday night into early Saturday morning; subsiding thereafter. A small craft warning my be necessary for a time on Saturday afternoon into Sunday, well after Hurricane Sam has passed due to lingering rough seas.”

Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center (NHC), based in Miami, issued advisories at 2am for the North Atlantic, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico; on Hurricane Same, which was located “a few hundred miles east-northeast of the northern Leeward Islands, and on Tropical Storm Victor, located over the eastern tropical Atlantic.

“Shower activity associated with a trough of low pressure located over the tropical Atlantic about midway between the Cabo Verde Islands and the Lesser Antilles has become limited,” the NHC said.

“Environmental conditions are forecast to become less conducive over the next few days, and significant development of this system is no longer anticipated.

“The disturbance is forecast to move westward at 10 to 15 mph.

Today’s edition of the USA Today reports: “Expect some dangerous surf if you’re headed to the beach this weekend along the East Coast.

According to the NHC, the report added: “Significant swells from Hurricane Sam though hundreds of miles offshore will likely cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions, and beachgoers are urged to follow the advice of lifeguards and local officials through the upcoming weekend,” the National Hurricane Center warned.

“Forecasters said large swells already were hitting the Leeward Islands and will spread to portions of the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, the Bahamas and Bermuda by Thursday or Friday as the storm curves northward.

A satellite image from Wednesday Sept. 29, 2021, shows Hurricane Sam (center) spinning in the Atlantic Ocean a few hundred miles from the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean.

“As of Wednesday morning, Sam was the most powerful storm on the planet, according to AccuWeather.

“The Category 4 hurricane, packing 145 mph winds, was churning 350 miles to the east-northeast of the northern Leeward Islands and moving northwest at 12 mph as of 11pm Wednesday. 

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Sam should maintain major hurricane intensity status (Category 3 or higher) because of light wind shear and warm water along its projected path, AccuWeather senior meteorologist Adam Douty said.