National Hurricane Center

NEW ORLEANS - Hurricane forecasters on Monday morning were tracking four systems in the Atlantic, including Hurricane Sam, which has weakened to a Category 3 storm.

Hurricane Sam is expected to stay in the Atlantic and not enter the Gulf of Mexico.

Hurricane forecasters on Monday morning also were tracking three other disturbances in the Atlantic, including the remnants of Peter.

Subtropical Storm Teresa, which formed Friday, has dissipated. Only two names are left this year on the regular list: Victor and Wanda. If those are used, it will be the third time in history that forecasters will use a secondary list of names.

Here's what to know about the tropics as of 10 a.m. from the National Hurricane Center.

Where is Hurricane Sam?

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National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Sam has weakened slightly and is now a Category 3 storm, forecasters said Monday morning.

A NOAA Hurricane Hunter crew was investigating the storm Monday.

As of 10 a.m., Hurricane Sam was about 745 miles southeast of the northern Leeward Islands. It's moving northwest at 8 mph.

The storm has winds of 125 mph and fluctuations in intensity are possible during the next few days, forecasters said. However, Sam is still expected to remain a Category 3 storm.

Swells from Sam will reach the Lesser Antilles later in the day and will impact the islands for the next several days. The swells are expected to reach Bermuda and the Bahamas toward the middle of the week and the U.S. East Coast late this week, forecaster said. The swells could cause life-threatening rip current conditions.

Sam poses no other immediate threat to land, and no coastal watches or warnings are in effect.

Peter could reform in Atlantic

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National Hurricane Center

Hurricane forecasters on Monday were tracking the remnants of Peter, which are several hundred miles southeast of Bermuda.

The system is moving northeast at 10 mph.

Environmental conditions are marginally conducive for some further development and forecasters said Peter could briefly become a tropical depression again during the next day or two.

The system has a 50% chance of developing into a tropical depression within 48 hours.

Tropical depression likely to form in Atlantic


National Hurricane Center

A tropical depression is likely to form in a few days in the Atlantic, forecasters said.

As of 7 a.m., a low pressure system was several hundred miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands in the Atlantic. It's moving west to northwest at 5 to 10 mph.

Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for further development. It has an 80% chance of developing into a tropical depression within five days.

It's too early to tell where it could go. The shaded area on the graphic is where a storm could develop and is not a track.

The National Hurricane Center releases a track when a tropical depression forms or is about to form.

Another tropical depression likely to form


National Hurricane Center

Another tropical depression is likely to form in the Atlantic this week, forecasters said.

As of 7 a.m., a tropical wave was moving off the west coast of Africa and into the far eastern Atlantic. It's moving west to northwest at 10 to 15 mph.

It has an 80% chance of developing into a tropical depression within five days, forecasters said.

Only two more names are left on the regular list of Atlantic storm names: Victor and Wanda.

Systems are named when they strengthen into tropical storms. Storms Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny, Elsa, Fred, Grace, Henri, Ida, Julian, Kate, Larry, Mindy, Nicholas, Odette, Peter, Rose, Sam and Teresa formed earlier this season. Elsa, Grace, Ida, Larry and Sam strengthened into hurricanes.

Last year, there were so many storms that forecasters ran out of names and had to use the Greek alphabet. It's only the second time in recorded history that the Greek names had been used.

Things have changed for this season. If needed, forecasters will use a list of supplemental storm names instead of the Greek names.


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