Hurricane Sam MAPPED: US on alert as Atlantic storm turns Category 4 hurricane – charts

Winds whipped up by Sam could cause “severe” damage to homes, snap or uproot trees, and even cause months-long power outages.

At its worst, a category 4 hurricane could leave areas uninhabited for “weeks or months”.

But Sam will take some time to make landfall, according to the NHC.

The organisation places the hurricane 610 miles to the east of the Northern Leeward Islands, which reside on the Lesser Antilles chain.

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