Bill predicted to be first major hurricane of season as it edges closer to land

August 18, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Hurricane Bill, the first of the Atlantic storm season, has already reached Category 2 strength, with top winds whirling at about 100 miles per hour and is gaining strength as it heads closer to the West Indies.  Bill is forecast to intensify over the next two days, possibly becoming a major storm as it moves away from the Caribbean and toward Bermuda, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.  It will be considered a major hurricane if its sustained winds top 111 mph.

Thankfully, at this point it’s predicted that Bill’s might go between Bermuda and the U.S., passing close to Cape Cod, but not hitting land until it gets to Nova Scotia or Newfoundland in Canada, though the Carolina’s are still a possibility.  However Bermuda faces a potential threat even if the Atlantic island avoids a direct hit. The 2009 hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, got off to a quiet start before three named storms formed in a period of 48 hours Aug. 15 and 16. Tropical storms Ana and Claudette have since dissipated. Tropical Storm Ana, ost its punch as it moved quickly at maximum winds of 34 mph across the Caribbean, with all tropical storm watches discontinued in the region. Claudette appeared suddenly on Sunday in the Gulf of Mexico, while most Atlantic hurricanes usually begin far from the US coast, and lashed tourist resorts with strong winds and heavy rain, but weakened to a tropical depression as it moved across the southern United States.


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