Wednesday Tropical Update

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Hurricane Bill is now a category 4 storm with winds measured by hurricane hunter aircraft at 135 mph. The central barometric pressure has dropped to 28.05″.

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The eye of the storm is now 30 miles across and, again today, provides for a beautiful satellite image. Bill is expected to continue a northwest track in the near term but will eventually swing to a more northerly track, keeping the storm away from the U.S. coastline. The storm is likely to pass just to the west of Bermuda as a category 4 storm and interests there are on alert. In the next 24 to 48 hours winds could increase to a steady 145 mph with gusts to 175 mph.

Bill will eventually move over the warm waters of the Gulf Stream and that will likely keep the storm at hurricane strength as it approaches the Canadian Maritime Provinces by late Sunday. Even though Bill is forecast to “miss” the Caribbean Islands and the U.S. coast, heavy surf and rip current conditions will be generated by the storm.

John Collins

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