Summary: A fairly quiet weather pattern is in place today across the U.S., with a slow moving front in the Northeast that may produce heavy rain, and a few storms with strong wind gusts and a couple of tornadoes may also impact the area. Meanwhile, Hurricane Sam has rapidly intensified to become the seventh hurricane of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season early Friday morning. Despite Sam's rapid intensification, it's not yet clear if Sam will threaten land, but it will slow down; Sam's forward speed will slow this weekend, as high pressure to its north acting as its initial steering wheel weakens. Sam could at least generate high surf and rip currents along the East Coast more than a week from now even if it stays well offshore, as Hurricane Larry did earlier this month despite passing east of Bermuda. However, it's far too soon to completely rule out Sam as a potential U.S. threat. Areas recovering from Ida and Nicholas may still be experiencing delayed freight movement.