WBTV Hurricane Tracker: Larry downgraded to Category 2 hurricane
Hurricane-force winds extend out 70 miles from the center.
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) -
» This update is from September 8, 2021, at 10:58 a.m. from WBTV First Alert Meteorologist Rachel Coulter.
The peak of hurricane season is now only a couple of days away and the tropics remain active. The disturbance in the Gulf now has a medium threat of tropical development and Larry is now a Category 2 hurricane, per the latest National Hurricane Center Update.
Despite the Gulf disturbance being fairly close in proximity to the Charlotte area, today’s cold front will keep us from seeing any direct local impacts. The Carolinas will also remain impact-free from Hurricane Larry unless you live along or plan to visit any of the east coast beaches!
Large swells created by the Category 2 hurricane are allowing for dangerous rip current conditions and will continue to do so through the end of the workweek. Swimming is not advised for this reason.
Hurricane Larry is moving northwest at thirteen miles per hour but will eventually push off to the northeast, gradually weakening through the weekend. Tropical Storm force winds remain likely in Bermuda.
» This update is from September 6, 2021, at 9:21 a.m. from WBTV First Alert Meteorologist Leigh Brock
Hurricane Larry is still a Category 3 hurricane with winds of 120 mph.
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It is moving northwest at 12 mph. This is a huge storm! Hurricane-force winds extend out 70 miles from the center. Tropical storm force winds extend out about 175 miles.
Thankfully, Larry is out over the ocean and plans to stay there. All models are agreeing that the storm will continue to head north and away from the U.S.
However, if you are headed to the beach this week, expect choppy water and strong rip currents due to the storm.
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