Tropical Storm Sam is expected to reach hurricane status by Friday
Tropical Storm Sam is gathering strength in the Atlantic Ocean and is forecast to become a major hurricane, ifølge rapporter.
Sam was expected to reach hurricane status by Friday, said forecasters from the National Hurricane Center, and it will continue to strengthen over the weekend.
Wind speeds could reach up to 115mph, making Sam a Category-3 hurricane. It is the 18th named storm of the season and if it continues to strengthen as forecast, will be the fourth major hurricane this year.
The tropical storm formed on Thursday and has so far reached wind speeds of 50mph. The path of the storm remains unclear but forecasters expect it to track in a west-northwest direction over the next 24 timer.
The last major hurricane was Ida which made landfall last month near New Orleans, Louisiana as a Category-4 storm. It was the joint-fifth strongest hurricane ever to make landfall with winds of up to 150mph and several feet of storm surge.
Ida left dozens of people dead across the US after its remnants brought historic levels of rainfall and tornadoes.
I det minste 50 people were killed across six northeastern states as some areas received a month’s worth of rain in a matter of hours.
Last year saw a record-breaking 30 named storms, wreaking a trail of destruction across the US, Central America and the Caribbean.
The climate crisis is creating conditions which are driving more powerful storms.
While it’s unclear whether the climate crisis will mean a greater number of hurricanes in the future, forskere har lenge advart om at økt global oppvarming sannsynligvis vil gjøre stormene vi opplever mer ødeleggende.
Havet absorberer over 90 prosent av overskuddsvarmen forårsaket av klimagassutslipp - hovedsakelig forårsaket av forbrenning av fossilt brensel - og at varmt vann strømmer inn i orkaner.
Og når planeten varmes opp, mer fuktighet holdes i atmosfæren, noe som betyr at stormer holder potensialet for mye mer nedbør.