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 Impact Newfoundland

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If eastern Newfoundland is in your travel plans over the next couple of days, 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 will occur somewhere along northern Placentia Bay between Arnold’s Cove and Dildo in southeastern Newfoundland as soon as during the evening hours of tonight, Friday, September 10, 2021 before moving northeast towards Greenland and Iceland.

Travel Alert September 2021: Hurricane Larry to Impact 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 595 miles southwest of Cape Race in Newfoundland and is moving north northeast at 29 miles per hour — are 80 miles per hour, which means that this storm is classified as a Category 1 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 will likely 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.

Even if Hurricane Larry is downgraded to a strong tropical storm prior to landfall, its effects will still be potent, as it is still organized and well-defined — but the good news is that the forward motion of the storm will be too fast to cause significantly widespread damage as a lingering or stagnant storm would potentially do.

The islands of Saint Pierre and Miquelon — which are territories of France and the two places in North America where one can legitimately visit France — will be just west of the path of the storm…

…and yes — Placentia Bay and Dildo are real places in Newfoundland.

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 hurricane warning is currently in effect for southeastern Newfoundland from Arnold’s Cove to Jones Harbour.
  • A tropical storm warning is currently in effect for southeastern Newfoundland from Francois to west of Arnold’s Cove; and from north of Jones Harbor to Fogo Island.

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

Hurricane conditions are expected within the hurricane warning area in southeastern Newfoundland tonight, with tropical storm conditions expected to begin this afternoon or evening. Tropical storm conditions are expected to begin in the tropical storm warning area in southeastern Newfoundland later today, Friday, September 10, 2021.

A dangerous storm surge is expected to produce coastal flooding within the warning areas in southeastern Newfoundland.

Swells generated by Hurricane Larry will continue to affect the Bahamas today. Significant swells from Hurricane Larry will continue affecting Bermuda, the east coast of the United States, and Atlantic Canada through Saturday night. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Heavy rains from Hurricane Larry will move quickly across eastern Newfoundland tonight, producing up to 2 inches of rain.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to or from eastern Newfoundland over the next couple of days, 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 three airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this tropical weather system:

Final Boarding Call

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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