Hurricane Sam to bring rough surf this weekend to East Coast

Published: Sep. 29, 2021 at 8:34 AM EDT
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MIAMI (AP) - It’s going to be a rough weekend in the water for beachgoers along the East Coast.

The National Hurricane Center predicts life-threatening surf and rip currents as Hurricane Sam turns northward.

Forecasters expect the Category 4 hurricane to remain at sea.

But with top winds of 130 mph, it’s already sending dangerous ocean swells to islands hundreds of miles away.

Sam was centered about 455 miles east of the northern Leeward Islands on Wednesday.

Forecasters say large swells will spread to the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, the Bahamas and Bermuda by Thursday or Friday, then crash against U.S. East Coast beaches this weekend.

“Right now we’re not forecasting it to make landfall over any coastal locations, but it’s certainly a big hazard for ships at sea, and again those swells are impacting a large area of the western Atlantic,” National Hurricane Center senior specialist Richard Pasch said.

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