Hurricane Larry continues to intensify as it moves into the central Atlantic, eventually taking a path that will brush Bermuda and send the U.S. East Coast some great surf next week but also the threat of deadly rip currents.
The National Hurricane Center said Larry reached category 3 status early Saturday, and is the third major hurricane in the Atlantic basin just the last two weeks. It will remain a major hurricane for the next couple of days, and could reach category 5 status.
While Larry will still be way out to sea, a long-period south swell is forecast to arrive starting Tuesday and last through the rest of the week. That will likely result in a high risk of rip currents for all of the Outer Banks beaches.
Swimmers should note that lifeguard services following Labor Day are greatly reduced as the number of beachgoers also decreases, with just roving patrols off the northern beach towns and along the villages of Hatteras Island.
There is a moderate risk for the beaches from the state line to Cape Hatteras today, including Carova, Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Bodie Island, Pea Island, Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon and Buxton.
Rough shorebreak and a strong longshore current continues along those beaches thanks to onshore winds, and only experienced surf swimmers with a flotation device should go into the ocean above their knees.
Another clear and comfortable day is forecast for Saturday, before more normal temperatures return to wrap up the long holiday weekend.
National Weather Service forecast, as of Saturday 9 a.m.:
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