Hurricane Bill Strengthens to Category 4

August 19, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Hurricane Bill, already deemed a “major” storm, has become a Category 4 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of intensity, as it strengthened further over the warm Atlantic Ocean.

Bill’s maximum sustained winds intensified to 135 miles (215 kilometers) per hour from 125 mph earlier today, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in an advisory posted on its Web site.

The first hurricane of the Atlantic season, Bill was centered about 460 miles east of the Caribbean Sea’s Leeward Islands and heading west-northwest at 16 mph, with a gradual turn to the northwest forecast over the next two days.

Thankfully, Bill is still tracking to 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. 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.


2 Responses to “Hurricane Bill Strengthens to Category 4”

  1. Ann Cook on August 19th, 2009 3:04 pm

    That is a dangerous storm, I hope it stays away from all of us.

  2. foreign language translator on August 22nd, 2009 4:33 am

    Some have funny stories about storms during their childhood days; some have scary ones. But no matter what our stormy experiences were, the fact remains that when they come, we always have to be ready and prepared. And we thank the people who give us early warnings.

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