FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Hurricane Larry’s top winds decreased slightly to 115 mph Tuesday afternoon as it continued to churn closer to Bermuda, where a tropical storm watch is in effect.
Larry is forecast to bring “dangerous and life-threatening” rip currents and swells to the east coast of Florida, the U.S. and Canada by midweek after passing Bermuda at hurricane strength, according to the National Hurricane Center.
South Florida isn’t likely to be significantly impacted by Larry, though waves between 4 and 6 feet could form north of Palm Beach County in areas such as Martin County, St. Lucie County and Indian River County, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Don Harrigan.
Larry is forecast to pass east of Bermuda, making its closest approach Thursday. Because Larry is such a large storm, “impacts could be felt even if [Larry’s] center remains well east of the island as forecast,” the hurricane center said.
“It could be that [Bermuda] could get some sort of tropical-storm-force winds or some heavy rainfall, certainly some deteriorated marine conditions,” Harrigan said.
As of 2 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Larry was 750 miles southeast of Bermuda, moving on a path to the northwest at 9 mph. By Thursday, it is expected to speed up and turn north-northwest and north.
Larry’s top winds reached a peak of 125 mph Sunday, just 5 mph shy of the minimum threshold for a Category 4 hurricane.
Experts say there’s a chance Larry, which strengthened into a hurricane on Sept. 2, could become the longest-lived system of the season, surpassing Ida, which lasted nine days. If Larry hits near Newfoundland as a hurricane on Sept. 10 or 11 as forecast, that would put it on a nine-day survival track as a hurricane.
Forecasters are also watching an area of low pressure in the Caribbean that is forecast to move across the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle. It’s expected to cut across the Florida peninsula and move into the Atlantic, where some development could take place.
The next named storm to form would be Mindy.
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