HURRICANE Larry is set to transition into a “massive blizzard” as it nears Newfoundland while Hurricane Olaf made landfall as a Category 2 storm in Mexico with 100mph winds.
“Larry is still a powerful hurricane east of Bermuda,” Chief Meteorologist for WPDE ABC-15, Ed Piotrowski, tweeted midday Saturday. “It will transition into a massive blizzard that will dump 3-4 FEET of snow on coastal Greenland over the weekend!”
The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Larry is forecasted to move near or over southeastern Newfoundland Friday night or early Saturday morning.
Larry moved away from Bermuda on Thursday night after it downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane with maximum winds of 90 mph.
Predicted to remain out to sea in the Atlantic Ocean, Larry was expected to cause “significant swells” along the East Coast from midweek until the weekend.
“These swells will likely cause life-threatening surf and rip-conditions so beach-goers are urged to follow the guidance of lifeguards and local officials,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Lara Pagano.
Meanwhile, Hurricane Olaf made landfall very close to San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Thursday night with sustained winds around 100 mph, NHC Eastern Pacific reported.
Read our Hurricane Larry and Tropical Storm Mindy live blog below for the latest updates…
WHAT ARE RIP CURRENTS?
Rip currents are powerful currents of water moving away from shore, the National Hurricane Center explained.
“They can sweep even the strongest swimmer away from shore. If at all possible, swim near a lifeguard,” the center warned.
HURRICANE OLAF NOW A TROPICAL STORM
“Hurricane Olaf slipped back to tropical storm force on Friday after slamming into the Los Cabos resorts at the tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula,” Bloomberg shared alongside a video on Twitter of the powerful winds from the storm.
MORE STORMS POSSIBLY DEVELOPING OUT AT SEA
An image from the National Hurricane Center showed two more storms developing at sea on Friday.
“On the historical peak of hurricane season today, we have #Larry in the North Atlantic. Also two areas to watch that have a high chance of development: one near Cape Verde and one in the Western Gulf of Mexico,” a Twitter user and self-proclaimed “storm chaser” wrote.
INCREDIBLE IMAGES OF HURRICANE LARRY FROM SPACE
NASA astronaut Megan McArthur shared images of Hurricane Larry from the International Space Station this week.
“Hurricane Larry update from this morning. From our viewpoint on
@Space_Station, it looks much larger than Ida,” she wrote on September 7.
Previously, she wrote on September 5, “Here is Hurricane Larry from
@Space_Station yesterday. Hoping this one doesn’t make landfall.”
CURRENTS FROM LARRY COULD BE ‘LIFE-THREATENING’
The National Weather Service reported on Twitter that when it comes to Hurricane Larry, “Large swells generated by the storm will continue to cause life-threatening surf and rip currents.”
The storm is east of the US East Coast.
“Beach-goers in these areas are urged to follow the guidance of lifeguards and local officials,” the NWS noted.
70 MILE WINDS EXPECTED IN GREENLAND
In Greenland, Hurricane Larry is expected to have winds of around 60 to 70 miles per hour.
It may have gusts as high as 85 mph.
“Larry should become an extratropical cyclone on Saturday, and is now forecast to be absorbed by a larger extratropical low near Greenland by the end of the weekend,” the National Hurricane Center reported.
WHEN IS THE PEAK OF HURRICANE SEASON?
The “statistical peak” of hurricane season is today, September 10.
This year has already had 13 named storms, which is ahead of the usual pace of the season according to CNN.
RHODE ISLAND WAVES
Newport, Rhode Island is seeing big waves from Hurricane Larry.
ST JOHNS PREPARES FOR THE STORM
St John’s in Newfoundland, Canada is preparing for Hurricane Larry to hit tonight.
LANDFALL EXPECTED AFTER MIDNIGHT
Landfall in Newfoundland is currently expected just after midnight tonight.
EMERGENCY PERSONELL PREPARED
Newfoundland is preparing emergency personell to respond to tonight’s storm as Hurricane Larry prepares to hit.
SWIMMING PROHIBITED IN NEW JERSEY
Signs on New Jersey beaches prohibit swimming due to dangerous swells.
SNOW IN GREENLAND
Hurricane Larry is expected to produce feets of snow in Greenland this weekend with sustained winds around 60 to 70 mph, with gusts as high as 85 mph.
“Larry should become an extratropical cyclone on Saturday, and is now forecast to be absorbed by a larger extratropical low near Greenland by the end of the weekend,” the National Hurricane Center says.
Extratropical means the hurricane has a cold core, thus producing snow.
Widespread totals of 12 to 18 inches are expected in the eastern half of Greenland.
COMAPRISONS TO HURRICANE ERIN
Meteorologists are comparing Hurricane Larry to Hurricane Erin which formed in the Atlantic 20 years ago tomorrow.
After touching down in Mexico last night, Hurricane Olaf has caused some damage.
Hurricane Olaf made landfall in Mexico.
SWELLS IN NEW JERSEY
Waves are reaching eight feet today in New Jersey from the swells caused by Hurricane Larry.
LARGE WIND FIELD
Wind speeds are raging as Hurricane Larry approached Newfoundland today.
VIEWS FROM NEW JERSEY
On the east coast, Larry is producing high waves and rip currents.
Newfoundland resident should expect hurricane-force winds and heavy rainfall tonight.
Hurricane Larry is on path to be the strongest tropical origin system to make landfall in Newfoundland since Hurricane Leslie in 2012.
DANGEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS
The Newfoundland government advised residents to stay inside during the storm predicted to hit tonight.
MORE STORMS POSSIBLY DEVELOPING
There are two storm systems that may develop into full storms soon.
Big waves are hitting the shore of Florida today as Hurricane Larry moves through the Atlantic.
PEAK OF HURRICANE SEASON
Today marks the peak of hurricane season as Hurricane Larry moves through the Atlantic.