ORLANDO, Fla. – The peak of hurricane season is just around the corner and it shows out in the tropics.
While parts of the U.S. are still working to recover from the impacts of what was once Hurricane Ida, the National Hurricane Center is already issuing advisories on Hurricane Larry while also monitoring another disturbance.
Larry is now a Category 3 Hurricane. The hurricane is located over the eastern tropical Atlantic, several hundred miles west of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands and is slowly strengthening. A Category 3 or stronger is considered “major,” according to the National Hurricane Center.
According to the 11 p.m. advisory, Larry has maximum sustained winds of 115 mph and is moving west-northwest at 16 mph. This motion is expected to continue the next few days before a turn to the northwest, which is forecast by early next week.
A surface trough over portions of Central America and the southern Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico is producing disorganized shower and thunderstorm activity, the National Hurricane Center wrote in its latest advisory. This system is expected to move west-northwestward during the next day or two, over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico late this weekend, then move northwestward to northward over the western Gulf of Mexico early next week.
Unfavorable upper-level winds are likely to limit significant development during that time, forecasters said.
Forecasters are giving it a 30% chance for development within the next five days.
The next three named storms will be called Mindy, Nicholas and Odette.
The Atlantic Hurricane season runs through Nov. 30, with Sept. 10 marking the peak of storm season.