Hurricane Sam path tracker: Terrifying maps as storm kicks up 'life threatening surf'

Minor flooding along coastal areas is also possible, with large swells already hitting areas prone to taking on water.

Hurricane centre senior specialist Richard Pasch said: “Right now we’re not forecasting it to make landfall over any coastal locations.

“It’s certainly a big hazard for ships at sea, and again those swells are impacting a large area of the western Atlantic.”

Hurricane Sam was churning 350 miles to the east-northeast of the northern Leeward Islands, which are in the Caribbean Sea, and moving northwest at 12mph as of 11pm on Wednesday.

An advisory from Cyclocane reads: “Large swells generated by Sam are affecting the Leeward Islands and will spread to portions of the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, the Bahamas, and Bermuda by Thursday or Friday.

“Significant swells will likely reach the east coast of the United States and Atlantic Canada by the weekend. These swells will likely cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions, and beachgoers and other interests along these coasts are urged to follow the advice of lifeguards and local officials through the upcoming weekend.”

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