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Tropical Storm Sam forms in Atlantic Ocean with 50 mph winds

Storm could become Category 3 hurricane this weekend
Tropical Storm Sam, Sept. 23, 2021, 11 a.m.
Posted at 5:46 AM, Sep 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-23 14:56:38-04

MIAMI — A new tropical storm formed Thursday morning in the Atlantic Ocean.

Tropical Storm Sam formed at 11 a.m. with 50 mph winds. This is the 18th named storm of the hurricane season.

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The storm is moving west at 16 mph winds. It is expected to continue moving in this direction over the next several days.

Forecasters said additional strengthening is expected over the next several days with Sam becoming a hurricane Friday.

The storm could become a major Category 3 hurricane by the end of the weekend with winds of 110 mph.

First Alert Chief Weather Meteorologist Steve Weagle said extended models turn the storm east of the Bahamas, but this is one to monitor.