The tropics are quite active as September draws to a close, but at this time none of the disturbances pose an imminent threat to the United States.
A bevy of disturbances are churning away in the Atlantic. The strongest of which is Hurricane Sam, which has reached Category 4 status earlier but weakened to a Category 3.
Fortunately, Sam is not expected to make it to the United States. Instead it looks to turn north and stay out to sea. Although, the storm could still reach Bermuda as a major storm.
Sam may create an increased swell along the North Carolina coast when it gets closer, but it's not expected to create major rip current problems.
Two other disturbances farther east and closer to Africa both have a significant chance of becoming the next named tropical systems. If they both do, they will take on the names Victor and Wanda. Those are the final names on the list for 2021.
After Wanda, a new supplemental list of names will be used instead of the Greek Alphabet. That list begins with Adria, Braylen and Caridad
The fourth system under observation in the Atlantic is located near Bermuda. It has a 50 percent chance of developing, but even if it does it is not expected to cause any significant problems.
Hurricane Sam was a powerful Category 4 storm in the Atlantic Ocean, but forecasters said late Sunday that it had peaked in intensity. As of Monday evening, the storm is a Category 3.
Sam is centered well offshore from land Monday evening, located about 700 miles (1,127 kilometers) east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in an advisory. It was traveling northwest at 9 mph.
Sam has maximum sustained winds of 120 mph and is expected to remain a major storm through the middle of the week.
No coastal watches or warnings were in effect, however swells from Hurricane Sam could cause dangerous rip current conditions off the coast of the Lesser Antilles early this week, officials said.