The National Hurricane Center said on Tuesday that Hurricane Larry is still a powerful Category 3 storm that may threaten Bermuda later this week.
The Hurricane Center stated in its latest report that Larry is still 1,340 kilometers southeast of Bermuda, with a maximum sustained wind speed of approximately 195 kilometers per hour, and is moving northwest. This is a large storm, with hurricane-intensity winds extending 110 kilometers from the center and tropical storm winds extending 295 kilometers.
Larry is expected to approach Bermuda with a powerful hurricane in the next few days, bringing strong winds, heavy rains and the risk of coastal flooding to the island by Thursday.
The big waves from Larry should reach the east coast of the United States and the Atlantic coast of Canada in the middle of the week, and continue to affect these coasts this weekend. Ocean waves can cause life-threatening waves and torrent conditions.
A U.S. Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to fly into Larry’s undamaged eyes early on Tuesday, and forecasters are waiting for the data before consolidating their long-term forecasts.
At the same time, forecasters are observing the tropical thunderstorm system in the south-central Gulf of Mexico, and it is expected that the system will move northeast to the southeastern United States in the next 48 hours. Forecasters say there is a 30% chance of an organized storm in the next five days.
Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana on August 29 and became one of the most powerful storms in American history. It changed from a tropical depression to a Category 3 hurricane in just two days. Last week, the wreckage of Ada killed more than 50 people while traveling through the northeastern United States.