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Hurricane Larry’s swells may be the greatest threat as storm moves north

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MIAMIHurricane Larry remains a Category 3 storm in the Atlantic, producing swells that can cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions, but not looking like a direct threat to land.

The system continues tracking northwest, away from the United States and far from Florida. And it doesn’t appear to be a great threat to Bermuda anymore.

“Hurricane Larry shows signs of a little weakening, but it’s still a formidable storm,” Local 10 Hurricane Specialist Bryan Norcross said. “Larry’s center of circulation is on track to pass east of Bermuda, although the outer bands will impact the island. Some tropical-storm-force winds seem likely. Larry should make its closest approach to Bermuda on Thursday.

“The latest computer forecast models indicate that Larry might directly impact Atlantic Canada late in the week.”

At 5 a.m. Tuesday, Larry packed maximum sustained winds of 120 mph. It was 830 miles southeast of Bermuda, heading northwest at 10 mph.

“A turn toward the north-northwest and north with an increase in forward speed is forecast on Thursday,” the National Hurricane Center said. “Some gradual weakening is forecast during the next several days.”

As of now, there are no watches, warnings or direct threats to land, but dangerous surf and rip currents are expected to develop along many western Atlantic shores.

“Swells generated by Larry will continue to affect the Lesser Antilles, portions of the Greater Antilles, and the Bahamas through midweek, and impact Bermuda through the end of the week,” the Hurricane Center said. “Significant swells should reach the east coast of the United States and Atlantic Canada by midweek and continue affecting these shores through the end of the week. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.”

Larry is the fifth hurricane and 12th named storm of the Atlantic season, which runs through the end of November.

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Hurricane Larry

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David Selig is the Digital Executive Producer at WPLG, overseeing Local10.com.