TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — The National Hurricane Center is keeping a close eye on Hurricane Larry, which has been steadily intensifying and is expected to reach major hurricane strength this weekend.
Larry became a Category 2 hurricane Friday evening with maximum sustained wind speeds of 100 mph. According to the National Hurricane Center, additional strengthening is expected in the coming days. Larry is forecast to become a major hurricane this weekend.
As of 5 p.m. ET, Larry is about 1,175 miles west of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands. It’s moving west-northwest at about 16 mph and is expected to continue that motion until turning to the northwest early next week.
Large swells generated by Larry are expected to reach the Lesser Antilles on Sunday. The NHC warns significant swells will likely reach Bermuda and the eastern United States coast after Labor Day.
“These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions,” forecasters said.
Other areas to watch
The NHC is also keeping an eye on a surface trough over parts of Central America and the southern Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. The disturbance is producing some disorganized showers and thunderstorms.
The system is expected to move to the west-northwest in the coming days, then over the Gulf of Mexico starting later this weekend. Upper-level winds will be unfavorable and could limit significant development.