Larry gains strength, bringing risk of rip currents

ORLANDO, Fla. — Hurricane Larry formed in the Atlantic early Thursday. Read updates below:

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11 p.m. update

Hurricane Larry has gained strength, the National Hurricane Center said Thursday evening.

With it brings of a risk of rip currents. The center previously said Larry has the potential to be “a large and powerful hurricane.”

4:50 p.m. update

Chief meteorologist Tom Terry is tracking Hurricane Larry, Invest 91 and Invest 92, none of which are immediate threats to Florida.

He said Larry is forecast to rapidly intensify before eventually skirting Bermuda.

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“We’ll get wave action from it next week,” Terry said.

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11 a.m. update

The National Hurricane Center said Larry is getting larger and a bit stronger.

Forecasters said they expect steady to rapid intensification over the next few days.

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Weather officials said maximum sustained winds have increased to near 80 mph.

Larry is expected to become a major hurricane by Friday night.

It is still too early to tell where the storm will go.

5 a.m. update

Larry is expected to continue to strengthen and is expected to become a major hurricane by Friday night.

Meteorologist Brian Shields said Larry is forecast to become the third major hurricane of the season. Hurricane Grace and Hurricane Ida were also major hurricanes this hurricane season.

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The storm’s winds are reaching 75 mph.

Larry is forecast to make a gradual turn toward the west-northwest on Friday. A slightly slower west-northwestward motion is expected on Saturday.

It’s too early to tell if the storm will impact any specific area in the United States.

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Katlyn Brieskorn, WFTV.com

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.