Hurricane Larry
Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

Travel Alert September 2021: Hurricane Larry to Affect Bermuda and Newfoundland

See which airlines have either issued or amended travel waivers as a result of a weather event.

If Bermuda and eastern Newfoundland are in your travel plans over the next few days or so, you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather — due to Hurricane Larry, whose first landfall could possibly occur as a hurricane near the southeastern tip of Newfoundland as soon as during the evening hours of Friday, September 10, 2021 before moving northeast towards Greenland.

Travel Alert September 2021: Hurricane Larry to Affect Bermuda and Newfoundland

Hurricane Larry
Source: National Hurricane Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States.

Maximum sustained winds of Hurricane Larry — which is currently centered approximately 500 miles southeast of Bermuda and is moving northwest at 13 miles per hour — are 110 miles per hour, which means that this storm is classified as a strong Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

At one point during its existence, the maximum sustained winds of Hurricane Larry were clocked at 125 miles per hour, which means it was a strong Category 3 — or major — hurricane; but it is not expected to strengthen as it eventually heads over cooler waters of the northern Atlantic Ocean. The eye — or center — of Hurricane Larry was more pronounced and has since closed somewhat, which indicates a weakening of this tropical system…

…but its forward movement will eventually speed up, which means that Canada may host a rare occurrence of being the place of the first landfall of a hurricane, as tropical systems rarely maintain hurricane status by the time they reach the country.

Official Warnings and Watches

The following official warning was issued by the National Hurricane Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States:

  • A tropical storm warning is currently in effect for Bermuda.

Tropical storm conditions are expected on Bermuda beginning tonight or early Thursday.

Swells which are generated by Hurricane Larry will continue to affect the Leeward Islands, portions of the Greater Antilles, and the Bahamas through the middle of the week; and Bermuda is expected to be impacted through the end of the week. Significant swells from Hurricane Larry — which are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions — will begin reaching the east coast of the United States and the Atlantic coast of Canada today, Wednesday, September 8, 2021; and it will continue affecting these shores through the end of the week.

Outer rain bands from Hurricane Larry may periodically impact Bermuda tonight into tomorrow, Thursday, September 9, 2021. Significant rainfall totals are currently not expected; but brief periods of heavy rain rates within the outer bands of this storm may result in up to two inches of precipitation through Thursday.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to or from Bermuda and eastern Newfoundland over the next few days or so, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this tropical weather system which may adversely affect your travel plans. Better yet, postponing or canceling your trip might be a better option — no matter which mode of travel you plan on taking.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary.

Here are two airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this tropical weather system:

Final Boarding Call

Do not be surprised if more travel alerts are issued by more airlines as Hurricane Larry progresses closer to a possible landfall as a hurricane somewhere along southeastern Newfoundland.

Be sure to contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — if they are adversely affected — and please: travel safely.

Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

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