By: Michael Mandarino, Follow South Jersey Managing Editor
SOUTH JERSEY — Another major hurricane has developed in the Atlantic Ocean, but South Jersey residents don’t need to worry about it bringing more extreme weather to the region.
Hurricane Larry has swelled into a major category 3 storm, but it’s out in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean — hundreds of miles away from the region that is still working to pick up the pieces from Hurricane Ida’s remnants. However, the storm is still a cause for concern for the Jersey Shore because of the dangerous rip currents and rough seas it’s expected to bring.
According to AccuWeather, coastal points throughout the United States’ east coast will have to brace for strong rip currents, rough seas, and strong winds later this week. These conditions are expected at shore points from Wednesday to Saturday of this week.
“Swells were already reaching the northeast-facing coastlines of the Caribbean Islands and the southeastern-facing coastline of Bermuda and are forecast to spread northwestward this week,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Tyler Roys said.
Those who try to take advantage of less crowded, post-Labor Day beaches are urged to be cautious of stronger-than-usual surf and dangerous rip currents, especially at beaches without lifeguards.
Current projections show that the storm is likely to make its pass 150 miles east of Bermuda, which is hundreds of miles east of the United States. The only other land mass that’s expected to be directly impacted by Larry is Atlantic Canada, which hasn’t experienced a hurricane landfall since 2010.
South Jersey residents are still recovering from the devastating tornadoes brought to the region by Hurricane Ida’s remnants last week. According to Governor Phil Murphy, no one died in South Jersey as a result of the tornadoes, but many homes were either severely damaged or outright destroyed. The most significant twister in the region was an EF-3 tornado that tore through Mullica Hill with winds up to 150 miles per hour.
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