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Hurricane Larry remains far off in Atlantic, but swells could affect East Coast

The Category 3 storm is expected to continue on a northwest track until Thursday, when it will shift northward.
Hurricane Larry is expected to turn northward far east of the U.S. coast, though it could still cause life-threatening surf and rip-current.
Hurricane Larry is expected to turn northward far east of the U.S. coast, though it could still cause life-threatening surf and rip-current. [ National Hurricane Center ]
Published Sep. 6
Updated Sep. 6

Category 3 Hurricane Larry kept creeping northwest Monday evening, according to the National Hurricane Center, with swells expected to impact the East Coast of the United States and Atlantic Canada by the middle of this week.

The storm has maximum sustained winds of 125 mph and was moving at 10 mph. According to the National Hurricane Center’s 5 p.m. advisory Monday, it was expected to continue on that path through Wednesday and turn north Thursday.

Though Larry isn’t projected to make landfall in the United States, the swells it generates will likely hit the east coast, where they’ll cause life-threatening surf and rip currents in the middle of the week, according to the center. Those swells were already expected to impact the Lesser Antilles, Greater Antilles and the Bahamas through Tuesday and are forecast to impact Bermuda through late this week, though no watches or warnings were in effect.

A disorganized tropical disturbance over the northern Yucatan Peninsula and south-central Gulf of Mexico could also move toward Florida’s gulf coast, according to a 2 p.m. advisory. It has no chance of forming a tropical cyclone in the next two days, though, and only a 30 percent chance of doing so by the end of the week.