Hurricane Sam continues to intensify, Subtropical Storm Teresa forms north of Bermuda

Sam and Teresa the only active storms on Sept. 25, 2021. [NHC image]

Hurricane Sam will become a major hurricane over the weekend, while the 19th named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season formed Friday north of Bermuda.

Subtropical Storm Teresa is not expected to last long, however, as it drifts towards the north about 700 miles off the Outer Banks.

The National Hurricane Center said Friday it will likely be the 9th so-called “shortie” of the 2021 hurricane season — systems that are short-lived and relatively weak.

No waves or other direct impacts are expected along the Outer Banks from Teresa because it is so far out to sea and is in an unfavorable environment for further development.

The hurricane center says Sam will intensify today, reaching major status with winds above 120, as it continues a slow trek across the tropical Atlantic this coming week.

A few weather models have been showing Hurricane Sam getting farther west as it slowly moves across the ocean through the next seven days, but it is still way to early to anticipate if a threat to land is developing.

Based on the majority of the models “Sam is expected to still be well to the east or northeast of the
northern Leeward Islands through Thursday,” the hurricane center said Saturday morning.

Beautiful weather is forecast for the first weekend of fall on the Outer Banks, with a moderate risk of rip currents today as residual waves from the past week’s onshore blow die down.

Above normal temperatures are expected to kickoff the work week, before another cold front moves through Wednesday.

National Weather Service forecast for Nags Head, as of Saturday 7 a.m.:

Sunny, with a high near 77. North wind 9 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.
Mostly clear, with a low around 64. Northwest wind around 9 mph.
Sunny, with a high near 79. Northwest wind 8 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 16 mph.
Sunday Night
Clear, with a low around 63. Northwest wind 5 to 8 mph.
Sunny, with a high near 82. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.
Monday Night
Clear, with a low around 68.
Sunny, with a high near 85.
Tuesday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 68.
Sunny, with a high near 77.
Wednesday Night
A chance of showers between 9pm and 3am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Sunny, with a high near 75.
Thursday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 63.
Sunny, with a high near 75.

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