Forecasters continue to closely monitor Hurricane Larry as the storm hits the western Atlantic Ocean. The system will likely bring dangerous conditions to Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula from late Friday and end early Saturday. Hurricane and tropical storm watches were issued for the region early Thursday, and became full-fledged warnings early Thursday afternoon, warning of potential damaging effects such as strong winds, heavy rain, choppy waves and return currents.
LARRY PASSES EAST OF BERMUDA THURSDAY
Hurricane Larry weakened a bit Wednesday night. The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) found that Larry’s maximum sustained winds fell to 170 km / h Wednesday night, making the storm a strong Category 2 on the Saffir-Simpson scale. As of Thursday morning, its winds had fallen again to 150 km / h, while the storm was category 1.
The NHC expects Larry to gradually weaken over the next two days, while maintaining the intensity of the hurricane during this time.
On the predicted track, Larry’s center is expected to pass east of Bermuda on Thursday, moving near or over southeastern Newfoundland on Friday evening as a high pressure ridge over the western ocean Atlantic directs Larry northeast.
Swells generated by Larry will continue to affect the Leeward Islands, parts of the Greater Antilles, the Bahamas and Bermuda until the end of the week.
“These swells are likely to cause potentially fatal surf and tear conditions,” warns the NHC.
After passing Bermuda, Larry will circle the edge of the ridge and set his sights on eastern Newfoundland.
LARRY’S STRUCTURE STARTS TO CHANGE FRIDAY
The internal structure of Hurricane Larry will begin to change as it picks up speed and heads toward Newfoundland on Friday.
Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has issued hurricane and tropical storm warnings, with a “slight possibility” that Larry could bring near-hurricane conditions to the eastern sections of the island through Saturday.
“Larry will undergo a transition to a post-tropical storm while traveling very quickly in Canadian waters. Right now we expect a period of heavy rain lasting a few hours as the storm passes, current indications suggest potential precipitation of up to 50mm. »Warns ECCC.
A post-tropical storm means the storm will lose its tropical characteristics. When a hurricane undergoes this transformation, the energy of the system propagates and moves away from the center of the storm. After this transition, Larry’s strongest winds will be on the east side of the storm.