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August 20, 2009

Bill takes a breather; no change in course

Hurricane Bill 

Hurricane Bill took a breather overnight, dropping 10 mph from its top sustained winds and falling back to Category 3 status - still a "major" storm, but with top winds of "only" 125 mph.

That may change in the coming days as the storm moves back over warmer waters between the Carolinas and Bermuda. Bill is expected to restrengthen, but there is no significant change in its forecast track.

The National Hurricane Center warns that large swells created by the storm should begin reaching the U.S. coast on Friday and Saturday. That will mean heavy surf and the risk of dangerous rip currents. Here is word from the NWS's Ocean City forecast:

"A HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS IS LIKELY FOR FRIDAY
THROUGH THE WEEKEND. BUILDING LONG PERIOD SWELL ASSOCIATED WITH
HURRICANE BILL WILL ARRIVE LATE THIS WEEK...AND WILL CONTINUE TO
PROPAGATE THROUGH OUR WATERS THROUGH LATE SUNDAY INTO EARLY
MONDAY. THOSE HEADED TO AREA BEACHES THIS WEEKEND ARE ADVISED TO
EXERCISE CAUTION...AND HEED THE ADVICE OF THE BEACH PATROL.
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE SURF ZONE FORECAST"

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

Posted by Frank Roylance at 9:34 AM | | Comments (0)
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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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