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August 19, 2009

Bill now a Cat. 4 storm

Hurricane Bill 

Hurricane Bill swirled up to Category 4 status on the Saffir-Simpson scale while we slept. The storm's top sustained winds are now near 135 mph as it moves toward the west northwest at 16 mph.

That makes Bill the first hurricane and the first "major" hurricane of the 2009 Atlantic season. The good news is that Bill does not appear to pose a threat to the East Coast, aside from rip currents and heavy surf as the storm track takes it between the Carolina coast and Bermuda.

Bill is expected to strengthen some in the next few days.

Here is the latest forecast advisory. Here is the forecast storm track. And here is the view from space.

Posted by Frank Roylance at 10:01 AM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Hurricanes
        

Comments

Beautiful shots of this storm. "Does not appear to pose a threat to the East Coast..." That's a fair comment, but we'll see!

Notice how each model run brings Bill closer to the East Coast?

Today/s 12z run has it passing over Cape Cod @ 96 hrs.

Should the trend continue...watch out NYC!

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

Thank you for this very informative article. We should always be prepared and ready for any natural calamities, for we can never tell when it comes. We need to stock up grocery supplies; check batteries for flashlights; important documents should be sealed in plastic envelopes; children should stay in one room; and lets hope this hurricane will pass by quickly.

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Frank Roylance is a reporter for The Baltimore Sun. He came to Baltimore from New Bedford, Mass. in 1980 to join the old Evening Sun. He moved to the morning Sun when the papers merged in 1992, and has spent most of his time since covering science, including astronomy and the weather. One of The Baltimore Sun's first online Web logs, the Weather Blog debuted in October 2004. In June 2006 Frank also began writing comments on local weather and stargazing for The Baltimore Sun's print Weather Page. Frank also answers readers’ weather queries for the newspaper and the blog. Frank Roylance retired in October 2011. Maryland Weather is now being updated by members of The Baltimore Sun staff
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