Hurricane Larry’s path may drive heavy swells in direction of the east coast
Mighty Hurricane Larry is making waves in the Atlantic, but a small storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico could cause bigger problems for the battered Louisiana coast.
Larry was about 1,000 miles southeast of Bermuda late Monday morning. The National Weather Service says the hurricane probably won’t make it to the US east coast, but “significant” waves will. The Category 3 storm’s waves should hit much of the east coast by mid-week and hit the coast by the end of the week. The storm will “probably cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions,” said the weather service.
Meanwhile, Louisiana and Mississippi are still cleaning up after Hurricane Ida rolled ashore more than a week ago. Over 500,000 Louisiana electricity customers were left without electricity on Monday. That means over 20% of the state’s population has been groping in the dark for more than a week.
“Today is Labor Day, but for many in our state, it won’t be the rest day that it normally is,” tweeted Governor John Bel Edwards. “I hope you spend the day doing what Louisians are best at – being good neighbors. Our sense of community is one of the greatest advantages we have in difficult times. “
Violent Hurricane Larry is raging in the Atlantic, could be even stronger than Ida
Now, the cleanup efforts in these states could be undone by a tropical disruption that may never deserve a name. The storm could shatter parts of the saturated region – where many areas absorbed more than 30 cm of rain from Ida – with an additional four inches of rain or more.
These new rains are likely to include heavier rains across much of the region, increasing the likelihood of flash floods, forecasters said.
“In some areas, there can be about an inch of rain in some areas in a matter of hours,” warned AccuWeather.
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Stronger than Ida? The violent Hurricane Larry, which is raging across the Atlantic, could be even stronger than Ida. The east coast could be exposed to a “life threatening” surf.
A silver lining for Louisiana and Mississippi could bring a storm cloud to Florida. AccuWeather forecasters said shifting the draft west or east could save the water-saturated areas of the central Gulf Coast the worst rains of the disruption.
“The heavy rain, along with a low pressure center, may travel along the upper Gulf coast mid-week and then through northern Florida Thursday through Friday,” said Alex Sosnowski, senior meteorologist for AccuWeather.
Ida hit land as a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 250 mph. Though the wind abated quickly overland, Ida, the historic rainmaker, roared north, and its overwhelming downpours inundated rivers, roads, and buildings as far as New England.
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The storm has been blamed for more than 60 deaths, more than half of them in New York City and New Jersey. President Joe Biden is due to assess storm damage there on Tuesday.