Bill Now a CAT4

Now thats a hurricane!

Now that's a hurricane!

Hurricane Bill is now a category four hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 135 mph.  The NHC forecast has Bill’s winds increasing to 145 mph by tomorrow morning, but, as of now, it is not forecasted to pass the 155 mph threshold for a category five storm.  The forecast track still has Bill passing well east of the US mainland and far enough west of Bermuda to avoid the hurricane and tropical storm force winds according to the Navy’s tropical site:

Forecasted track of Hurricane Bill. Inner, red circle is the area of hurricane-force winds. Outer, pink circle is area of tropical storm-force winds. Click for larger image.

(Click for larger image.) Forecasted track of Hurricane Bill. Inner, red circle is the area of major (CAT3+) hurricane-force winds. Middle, maroon(?) circle is area of hurricane-force winds. Outer, pink circle is area of tropical storm-force winds.

Bill should pass well north of the Lesser Antilles and churn over the Atlantic for a few days before turning north and weakening.  Of course, since it’s a few days away from making that turn, we should still be cautious of a potential change in track.  I’ve see it happen too many times to be sure.

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