Hurricane Sam maintains Cat 4 strength; Increasing rip threat to NC beaches
Victor is forecast to remain over open waters
Hurricane Sam: As of Friday night, Hurricane Sam continues to have max winds of 145 mph, keeping it category 4 hurricane. While Sam is forecast to maintain major hurricane strength through Saturday, it has encountered cooler water and a bit of erosion from Bermuda so it has begun to weaken some.
The high pressure system over the Southeast is helping keep Sam well off our coast. However, like previous storms this season (Bill, Henri, Mindy and Odette), it will kick up rough surf along our beaches. Expect a high threat of rip currents for beaches this Friday, Saturday and Sunday and surf ranging between 3 to 6 feet.
Tropical Storm Victor: Tropical Storm Victor is likely peaking in intensity Friday night. The system is no threat to the United States. It will stay out to sea at least through the first half of next week.
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