WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Hurricane Sam is expected to continue to strengthen over the next few days.
It is still forecast to become a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph over the weekend.
At 5 p.m. Friday, Sam was moving west at 12 mph.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to 85 mph with higher gusts.
Rapid intensification is forecast over the next several days, and Sam is expected to become a major hurricane on Saturday.
So far, models re-curve it east of the Bahamas.
Sam is the 18th named storm of the 2021 hurricane season.
A tropical wave behind Sam has a medium chance to develop.
At 5 p.m. Friday, Subtropical Storm Teresa formed north of Bermuda with 45 mph winds.