Hurricane Larry to bring ‘uncertain’ conditions across UK
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Hurricane Larry is the latest devastating storm to impact the Atlantic and has already brought fierce swells to the Caribbean and Bermuda. According to the National Hurricane Centre’s (NHC) latest update at 5am AST, Hurricane Larry was packing maximum sustained winds of 120mph, and was moving in a northwesterly direction at 10mph.
These wind speeds put Larry as a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir Simpson Hurricane Wind scale, and the NHC has categorised the storm as a “large hurricane”.
Air Force hurricane hunters are due to investigate the storm today.
Air Force Hurricane hunters – also known as typhoon hunters – are aircrews which fly into tropical cyclones to obtain weather data.
In the USA, this duty is down to the Air Force Reserve’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Hurricane Hunters.
Hurricane Larry path tracker: Latest maps as Air Force hurricane hunters investigate deadly storm (Image: CYCLOCANE/ NOAA)
Hurricane Larry is the latest devastating storm to impact the Atlantic (Image: WINDY)
These crews perform surveillance, research, and reconnaissance with highly instrumented aircraft, getting integral readings for meteorologists.
Current data puts hurricane-force winds extending outward up to 70 miles from the centre, with tropical-storm-force winds extending outward up to 185 miles.
The advisory read: “Larry is moving toward the northwest near 10 mph (17 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue through Wednesday.
“A turn toward the north-northwest and north with an increase in forward speed is forecast on Thursday.”
Latest maps placed Hurricane Larry around 830 miles southeast of Bermuda (Image: CYCLOCANE)
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from Larry’s centre (Image: CYCLOCANE)
The latest maps placed Hurricane Larry around 830 miles southeast of Bermuda.
AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Tyler Roys said: “Swells were already reaching the northeast-facing coastlines of the Caribbean Islands and the southeastern-facing coastline of Bermuda and are forecast to spread northwestward this week.
“Swells will then spread through the Bahamas during Monday and Tuesday, and then much of the Atlantic coast of the US and Atlantic Canada during the middle and latter part of this week.”
Larry is not expected to make landfall, however, the strength of its winds have been impacting coastlines.
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According to forecasters through to the end of the week, Hurricane Larry is expected to cause “significant swells” spanning the East Coast.
National Weather Service meteorologist Lara Pagano said: “These swells will likely cause life-threatening surf and rip-conditions so beach-goers are urged to follow the guidance of lifeguards and local officials.”
In its advisory, the NHC write: “Swells generated by Larry will continue to affect the Lesser Antilles, portions of the Greater Antilles, and the Bahamas through midweek, and impact Bermuda through the end of the week.
“Significant swells should reach the east coast of the United States and Atlantic Canada by midweek and continue affecting these shores through the end of the week.
Hurricane Larry is not expected to make landfall, however its winds have been impacting coastlines (Image: NOAA)
“These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.”
Larry is the fourth hurricane of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season, and 12th storm.
Hurricane Larry follows hot on the heels of Hurricane Ida, which wreaked devastation across the US Gulf Coast.
Hurricane Ida was the second-most damaging hurricane to strike the US state of Louisiana on record.
At its peak, Ida reached wind speeds of 150mph which is a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir Simpson Hurricane Wind scale.
The deadly storm caused an estimated $50.05 billion in damage, and killed 63 people.
Ida killed 27 people in New Jersey, 18 in New York, eight in Louisiana, five in Pennsylvania, two in Mississippi, one in Connecticut, one in Virginia, and one in Maryland).
The deadly storm was also indirectly responsible for eight other deaths.