Rip current risk increases this weekend as Hurricane Sam spins in the Atlantic


MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Sam is a Category 4 storm that is not expected to strike Bermuda but is forecast bring tropical storm conditions to the territory and other islands.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Sam’s core will travel well east of Bermuda. It is located 435 miles south-southeast of Bermuda as of Friday morning. Strong wind and rough surf are expected to affect Bermuda and the Bahamas beginning Friday night or Saturday morning.

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Swells could also send high surf and dangerous rip currents to U.S. East Coast beaches including NC this weekend. Locally, rip current risk increases Friday with a high chance along our beaches Saturday into Sunday. Swell will also increase Saturday and Sunday.

Tropical Storm Victor is also at sea but poses no threat to land.