Hurricane Sam weather warnings as rain and strong winds barrel across Atlantic

The Met Office have issued weather warnings for very strong winds and heavy rain as Hurricane Sam creeps across the Atlantic.

The category four hurricane has not hit any land masses, but will affect the weather in the UK next week.

A yellow warning has been given for nine hours of gales and rain tomorrow as the tail end of the storm is expecting to arrive.

The alert will be in force from 1pm to 10pm on Saturday and covers coastal areas in southern and eastern England.

The Met Office say they continuing to track Hurricane Sam and confirmed its unpredictable movements are set to impact our weather next week.

Forecaster Aidan Givern believes it is still difficult to know exactly what will happen.

Luckily, the hurricane missed the US east coast as it heads across the ocean and it will remain out to sea, avoiding devastation and destruction.

The Met Office say the severity depends whether it mixes with the jet stream or not – describing it as a “bundle of energy”.

“It is currently safely away from the UK, on the other side of the Atlantic,” he said.

“It has not directly impacted any land areas, but it will be approaching the jet stream, and it could play havoc with the jet stream.

“It could, if it interacts with the jet stream in a certain way, but it might not affect the jet stream at all. It is such a small bundle of energy that it will have a huge impact on the jet stream, if it joins in with it.

“It could push it to the north of the UK, and what the would mean is that by Friday, high pressure could build over the UK making it drier.

“Another scenario is that it won’t touch the jet stream, meaning it will continue to be wet and windy.

“All the different computer models are saying very different things about the track of Hurricane Sam. We talk about uncertainty a lot, this is particularly uncertain.”

A drone that was flown directly into the eye of Hurricane Sam has captured winds of 120mph and waves of up to 50 feet tall.

A company called Saildrone said it is flying small drones into hurricanes to allow it to “collect critical scientific data” and give us “a completely new view of one of Earth’s most destructive forces”.

Richard Jenkins, Saildrone founder and CEO, said: “Saildrone is going where no research vessel has ever ventured, sailing right into the eye of the hurricane, gathering data that will transform our understanding of these powerful storms.

“After conquering the Arctic and the Southern Ocean, hurricanes were the last frontier for Saildrone survivability.

“We are proud to have engineered a vehicle capable of operating in the most extreme weather conditions on earth.”