September 22, 2021

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Another major hurricane is causing waves up to 15 meters high in the Atlantic Ocean

Another major hurricane is causing waves up to 15 meters high in the Atlantic Ocean

NOAA

a week after devastating hurricane Third Ida hit the United States, Another severe hurricane (categories 3 to 5) operating in the North Atlantic Ocean. It’s Larry. The good news is that unlike Ida, Larry does go out in open water far from the coast and shouldn’t pose a danger to densely populated areas. However, the storm is expected to pass dangerously close to Bermuda.

Larry is currently a Category 3 hurricane and is expected to strengthen to Category 4 early this week. Late Sunday afternoon, the hurricane was located at 20.1°N, 50.2°W with sustained winds of about 180 km/h and a minimum central air pressure of 955 hectupa.

This weekend, the structure of the storm caught the attention of meteorologists, as it was very focused and at different times with well-defined eyes. This Sunday, part of the eye wall has become less organized with a larger cut pattern.

The storm is expected to generate a large wave with large waves hitting the Lesser Antilles and then spreading west to parts of the Greater Antilles, the Bahamas and Bermuda.

Large waves are likely to hit the eastern coast of the United States during the week, and numerical models indicate that the Lari Swell will reach the coasts of Para, Amapa and Maranhão in Brazil, with increased sea emotion.

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Models indicate waves up to 15 meters near the center of the storm, but we emphasize that if the swell reached the northern coast of Brazil, the sea height would not be significant compared to other regions.

The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season has already generated 38 storm days. After only six years of satellite life (from 1966 onwards) there were more storm days running through September 4th: 1995, 1996, 2005, 2008, 2012 and 2020.

Larry is the third severe hurricane of the 2021 Atlantic season. Only three other Atlantic seasons have had 3 hurricanes with maximum winds approaching 200 km/h as of September 4: 1933, 2005, and 2008.

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