Larry is moving faster and is expected to be a hurricane on Thursday

After an agitated August in the Atlantic cyclone season, tropical storm Larry formed this Wednesday, which is expected to become a hurricane this Thursday due to its rapid advance and strengthening of its winds, EFE reports.

Larry, tropical storm 12 of this 2021, presents maximum sustained winds of about 85 kilometers per hour (50 miles) with stronger gusts, according to the latest bulletin from the National Hurricane Center (NHC, in English) of the United States.

The Miami-based NHC details that further strengthening is expected over the next few days and is forecast to turn into a hurricane on Thursday.

The system is located over the eastern Atlantic, 445 kilometers (275 miles) southwest of the southern islands of Cape Verde (Africa) and is moving west at 35 kilometers per hour (22 miles).

Forecasters forecast a west-northwest move over the next few days, followed by a northwest turn over the weekend.

Tropical storm intensity winds extend up to 95 kilometers (60 miles) from the center.

Tropical cyclone activity in the Atlantic basin during August was “above normal” in terms of the number of named storms, hurricanes and major hurricanes, according to the NHC.

Six named storms formed in the Atlantic basin in this month ending Tuesday, with three of them becoming hurricanes and two of them becoming major hurricanes.

Grace was a Category 3 hurricane when it made landfall south of Tuxpan, Mexico, on August 22, while Ida was a Category 4 hurricane when it made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana, USA, on Sunday. last.

Also, a tropical depression formed on the last day of the month.

According to the NHC, based on a 30-year climatology (1991-2020), 3 or 4 named storms typically develop in August, with one or two of them becoming hurricanes.

A major hurricane forms in August every 1 or 2 years, he detailed.

Ida and Kate

Larry is accompanied today by the post-tropical cyclone Ida, which is moving towards the northeast of the United States, leaving rain, and the tropical depression Kate, which is moving across the Atlantic and is expected to soon disappear.

Ida has maximum sustained winds of about 45 kilometers per hour (30 miles) and still poses risks of heavy rain and subsequent flooding, as well as tornadoes, in the Northeast.

The system was about 70 kilometers (45 miles) southwest of Elkins, West Virginia and about 110 kilometers (70 miles) north of Roanoke, Virginia.

Forecasters warn of flash floods and floods for parts of the central Appalachians, the mid-Atlantic, and southern New York and New England.

The NHC forecast some strengthening Wednesday as Ida moves offshore.

Meanwhile, Tropical Depression Kate is located about 1,460 kilometers (910 miles) northeast of the Leeward Islands and has maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour (35 miles).

Kate does not pose a risk on land and is expected to dissipate this Thursday.

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