Hurricane Sam is a powerful Category 3 storm in the Atlantic but it poses no threat to land as it loops northward in the Atlantic
Hurricane Sam was a powerful Category 3 storm in the 大西洋 on Monday but was centered well offshore and posed no threats to land, though it could generate dangerous rip currents.
Its maximum sustained winds dropped to 120 时速 (193 公里/小时) Monday afternoon, making it a Category 3 hurricane. Forecasters said there would be little change in its strength over the next day or so, followed by a slow weakening. Sam is expected to remain a major hurricane through midweek.
The Miami-based hurricane center said Sam was a small tropical cyclone, with hurricane-force winds extending outward just 30 英里 (48 公里) from its center.
No coastal watches or warnings were in effect. But swells from Hurricane Sam could cause dangerous rip current conditions off the coast of the Lesser Antilles early this week, 预报员说.