Hurricane Larry forecast to intensify into major storm
Hurricane Larry is projected to become a major hurricane by Friday night and possibly reach Category 4 status early next week, according to National Hurricane Center forecasters.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Larry strengthened into a hurricane Thursday morning in the eastern tropical Atlantic, and its wind speeds are projected to grow through this weekend and into next week.
It is projected to become a major hurricane by Friday night and possibly reach Category 4 status early next week, according to the National Hurricane Center.
At 5 a.m. Thursday, Category 1 Hurricane Larry packed maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and was 545 miles west-southwest of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands. It is heading west at 20 mph.
As of now, there are no watches or warnings or direct threats to land.
Models don’t show it affecting Florida as long as it eventually tracks north as projected. But experts say it bears watching over the coming days.
“The system is forecast to intensify into a strong hurricane while it turns north into the central Atlantic before it gets to the islands,” Local 10 Hurricane Specialist Bryan Norcross said. “For the next several days, Larry won’t be a problem. After that, we need to be sure it continues to the north. Its long-term prospects are still a bit murky.”