Hurricane Larry threatens rip currents off US and Canadian shores

Hurricane Larry threatens rip currents off US and Canadian shores

The powerful Category 3 Hurricane Larry maintains its strong winds of 205 kilometers per hour (125 miles) and threatens between this Sunday and next week with rip currents to the US and Canadian coasts and the West Indies archipelago.

According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Larry is about 1,415 kilometers (880 miles) east of the North Leeward Islands and about 2,070 kilometers (1,285 miles) southeast of Bermuda this Sunday.

The NHC expects the waves generated by Larry to reach the Lesser Antilles today and spread to portions of the Greater Antilles, the Bahamas and Bermuda on Monday and Tuesday.

A significant swell is likely to reach the east of the US and Canadian coasts and cause dangerous rip currents in the middle of next week. The system is moving northwest at about 20 kilometers per hour.Little change in strength is forecast over the next few days, although fluctuations in intensity will be possible. Larry, a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale out of 5, will remain at that strength for the first part of next week, according to meteorologists.

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 75 kilometers (45 miles) from the center and up to 280 kilometers (175 miles) with tropical storm force.

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts that the current hurricane season in the Atlantic is going to have above-average activity.

So far this year, four hurricanes have formed in the Atlantic basin, Henri, Grace, Elsa and Ida., the latter reached intensity category 3 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, out of a maximum of 5, and caused death and destruction in the Caribbean and the United States.

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