Photo: Peter Vankevich

By Peter Vankevich

Although not forecast to strike the United States, Hurricane Larry is expected to cause life-threatening surf conditions and rip currents along the Outer Banks beginning Tuesday.

No rain or high winds will come from the storm, according to the National Weather Service forecast office out of Newport/Morehead City, but the winds may cause minor beach erosion and localized overwash of weak/vulnerable dunes around times of high tide late this week.

As of this morning (Sept. 6), Larry had strengthened to a Category 3 storm and had maximum sustained winds of 120 mph. It was about 1,000 miles southeast of Bermuda and moving northwest at 12 miles per hour.

Larry is the third major hurricane — Category 3 or higher— and 12th named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season. Tropical Storm Julian and Tropical Storm Kate formed and dissipated in the last week.

There are no other threatening storms in the Atlantic for the moment.

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