Winds were roaring in the near hurricane category as Hurricane Sam Thursday, though the storm still had somewhat of a misshapen swath of a track when it forecasted landfall. The five-day weather forecast from the National Hurricane Center said Thursday that Sam is expected to make landfall in the Atlantic on Friday, but could veer to the east. From there, the path will only be as precise as a forecast can be, but it
will continue to vary as the storm heads towards Virginia and Maryland. Sam was a Category 1 storm as of 6 a.m. Eastern time, with maximum sustained winds near 85 miles per hour. Sam is drifting west-northwest at about 8 miles per hour. The nadir of the low pressure system is possible on Saturday. There was less action in the Atlantic, where the National Hurricane Center said that Hurricane Florence had died down,
without making landfall. It was about 4 a.m. Eastern time and had maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour. The storm was moving toward the northwest at 7 miles per hour.