Hurricane Bill is a category two hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph as of the 11AM report from the NHC. NHC notes that a hurricane hunter aircraft is expected to investigate Bill this afternoon. Information from that flight should help confirm the estimated strength. The satellite shows that Bill has formed an eye, but the convection surrounding the eye is clearly asymmetric. It appears there might be some wind shear or dry air in the northern quadrant of the storm, preventing deep, convective development. Bill has not strengthened as quickly as anticipated a couple days ago, but it is still expected to become a “major” (CAT3+) hurricane in the next 24-48 hours. The forecast track still poses no threat to the mainland US and, luckily, is no longer calling for a direct hit of Bermuda. Of course, a lot can change between now and the end of the week, so stay tuned.
I found this link (courtesy of the Katalogue) that provides 18 different sites for tracking hurricanes this season. (Ironically, one of the missing sites is the NHCs.) You may call it overkill, but there’s no such thing when it comes to following the weather.