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Hurricane Larry moves quickly toward a direct hit in southeastern New Foundland

GOES-East - Sector view: Northern Atlantic on September 10, at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Massachusetts can be seen to the upper left, while the southern coast of the island of Newfoundland, Canada, is just barely visible in the upper right. Source - GOES 16/NOAA
GOES-East - Sector view: Northern Atlantic on September 10, at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Massachusetts can be seen to the upper left, while the southern coast of the island of Newfoundland, Canada, is just barely visible in the upper right. Source - GOES 16/NOAA

Larry passed east of Bermuda as a hurricane on Thursday, delivering only a glancing blow, but its next target is likely to be the recipient of a direct hit. Ahead of the storm, the Canadian Hurricane Center issued hurricane and tropical storm warnings for southeastern Newfoundland.

At the 11:00 a.m. advisory from the Narional Hurricane Center, Larry was 595 miles (955 kilometers) southwest of Cape Race Newfoundland, moving to the north-northeast at 29 mph (46 kph), packing maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 kph).

Although Larry is heading towards Newfoundland in eastern Canada and poses no direct threat to the United States, the storm is creating large ocean swells that are reaching the Jersey Shore and posing a high risk of dangerous rip currents.

This is mainly due to the size and intensity of the hurricane. Generally, winds will continue to generate large swells that propagate outward from the center by more than 800 miles.

 Rough surf and seas are forecast to diminish from south to north along the Atlantic coast from Friday through Saturday night, according to AccuWeather.com.

National Hurricane Center Graphic

The Category 1 storm remains massive in size, with hurricane-force winds of 74 mph (119 kph) or greater extending 90 miles (150 km) outward from the center. Tropical storm-force winds of 39 mph (63 kph) or greater extended outward from the center to 240 miles (390 km).

A hurricane warning is in effect for southeastern Newfoundland from Arnold’s Cove to Jones Harbour.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect from southeastern Newfoundland from Francois to west of Arnold’s Cove, and southeastern Newfoundland from north of Jones Harbor to Fogo Island.

Looking at the forecast track, Hurricane Larry is expected to turn to the northeast with a further increase in forward speed today. The center of Larry will pass well southeast of Nova Scotia on Friday, and move over southeastern Newfoundland Friday night.

Gradual weakening is forecast during the next day or so, but Larry is expected to remain a hurricane until it passes Newfoundland. Heavy rains from Larry will move quickly across eastern Newfoundland Friday night, producing 1 to 2 inches of rain.

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Karen Graham is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for environmental news. Karen's view of what is happening in our world is colored by her love of history and how the past influences events taking place today. Her belief in man's part in the care of the planet and our environment has led her to focus on the need for action in dealing with climate change. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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