The storm is likely to move to the northwest
Hurricane Larry moved across the eastern tropical Atlantic on Friday, about 1,000 miles west of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands.
The National Hurricane Center reported that the storm had strengthened into a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph, although no coastal watch or warnings were in effect.
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Agency said Larry was moving to the west-northwest at approximately 16 mph and this motion was expected to continue over the next few days.
Early next week, the storm is expected to turn to the northwest.
Tropical-hurricane-force winds reach up to 150 miles outward.
The Hurricane Center said Larry could become a major hurricane by Friday night.
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The agency warned of swell generated by Larry that is expected to reach the Lesser Antilles on Sunday and cause “life-threatening surf and rattling current conditions.”
According to AccuWeather Meteorologists, the storm “may eventually approach Bermuda and move closer to North America.”
“Further strengthening to major hurricane strength (Category 3 or stronger with sustained winds of 111 mph or greater) is predicted later this week,” AccuWeather meteorologist Ryan Adamson said in an AccuWeather post. The weather forecaster said Larry is forecast to reach Category 4 strength.
Should it continue to strengthen, it will be the third major hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane season after Hurricane Grace and Hurricane Ida.
“There is certainly a chance that Larry tracks close enough to Bermuda or even far enough to the west as a major hurricane,” AccuWeather senior meteorologist Randy Adkins said in an accompanying statement. “However, as it currently stands, it is highly unlikely that Larry will still end up far enough to the east for Bermuda to bear the brunt of the storm.”
AccuWeather said Larry is most likely to remain a few hundred miles off the northeast coast, but major storms and winds could affect the U.S. East Coast next week.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 15 to 21 total named storms are expected, of which seven to 10 are likely to become hurricanes and three to five are likely to become major hurricanes.