Hurricane Sam 2021 began life as a tropical storm and depression between the Cabo Verde Islands and Leeward and Windward Islands in the Atlantic Ocean and was officially named on September 24 after it reached Category 1 status with 74 mph winds.
While we recommend readers follow the National Hurricane Center (NHC), National Weather Service (NWS) and local county and parish emergency management offices for any planning and preparations, we do encourage readers to report weather conditions and updates in their local area using the no registration form below. Information and updates we are mostly seeking for Hurricane Sam include high winds, downed electrical lines and power outages, flash flooding and storm surge, reports of waterspouts and tornadoes, heavy rain, and beach erosion in your area.
Very Latest Information
Hurricane Sam was officially named on September 24. This section will historically document all information for this storm each hour until it dissipates, or is no longer a threat for landfall in the United States and outlying areas.
This is our last discussion on Sam unless this system deviates from the NHC track and begins to impact states along the East Coast.
September 27: Big changes to the track and better news for Bermuda as this system is forecast to miss the islands to the east, but will still maintain Category 3 status so big waves and rip currents will be a significant issue.
NHC now saying Category 4 with 150 mph winds. The track shifted back to the west on the 7 day, and models are showing a close approach to Bermuda with continued major status. Interests in Bermuda need to seriously watch this storm, and be prepared for deadly rip currents and rough seas leading up the center of circulation passing near the islands.
5:00 p.m. – Category 4 with 140 mph winds reached.
11:00 a.m. – Category 3 with 120 mph winds reached. Continued WNW movement between the Lesser Antilles and Bermuda.
September 25: Category 2 100 mph winds now noted and the forecast is still for this system to pass to the north of the Lesser Antilles. The NHC noted that major category status of Category 3 or greater could be reached later in the day.
5 p.m. – Latest winds moved to 85 mph and the track shifted west some in the 7 day forecast.
Since this storm has the potential to reach major category status, islands in the Caribbean, Bermuda, and East Coast should prepare for rough seas and rip currents along their coast.
Current guidance indicates Sam will miss the Lesser Antilles to the north and initially track in the general area of Bermuda, which early on indicates this storm could completely miss the East Coast, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Islands. However, and this is important, it’s still VERY much too early to set this track in stone. Updates for Hurricane Sam will continue in this section.
Preparations And Planning For Sam In 2021
For recommendations on evacuations, please monitor your local county and parish emergency management office. For preparations and planning, we recommend that coastal residents from Texas to the northeast states have everything ready by May 1st each year. Preparedness also includes knowing official hurricane evacuation routes away from area beaches and coastal towns and cities. Please review our NC county list as the preparations listed on that page applies to all coastal regions.
- Never focus on landfall of any tropical system, as it’s proven dangerous weather conditions happen up to hundreds of miles away from the immediate center of circulation. The threat for fast rising and moving water during a flash flood, tornadoes and waterspouts, falling trees and power outrages, and heavy rains are frequently documented events which happen many dozens of miles away from the center of the storm either during initial landfall, or after moving inland.
- Never let your guard and focus down before or after the peak season as these storms can and do happen outside of the busiest parts of the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico season.
- Treat all downed power lines and utility poles as though they have electricity running through them EVEN WITH evidence they aren’t charged.
- If you see moving water over a road or highway, never attempt to drive through the area being impacted. While storm surge and falling trees are considered the greatest threats to humans and animals, drowning during a flash flood is typically noted by people who walk in to, or attempt to drive through moving water.
- Never plan or prepare based on social media commentary, computer model websites, or other websites. Make all decisions based on the NHC, NWS, and your local emergency management official’s recommendations.
- People who are elderly, dependent on medical devices, who are pregnant, or who have young children should always make decisions on evacuations quicker than others.
- If you live in a region which is impacted by hurricanes and tropical storms, talk to your doctor and pharmacy about medications in the event pharmacies are closed for more than 30 days due to damage or electricity loss.
- It’s common for police, fire, and rescue services to stop answering calls for service once high winds reach a certain point. And, it’s likely police, fire, and rescue services won’t be available for some time after a storm passes.
- Please never abandon animals when evacuating. Please add your pets needs to your planning by May 1st and talk with local veterinarians and advocacy groups about emergency sheltering if needed.
- A category 1 storm can produce category 2 weather conditions just like a category 3 system can produce category 4 conditions when considering wind gusts and other parameters. Never get too focused on a storms category level.
Please consider using the form below to report weather conditions and give us damage reports as Hurricane Sam makes landfall, or impacts coastal regions in the Caribbean, Atlantic, or Gulf Coast.