Hurricane Bill Weakens Slightly To Category 3, May Upgrade To 4 AgainAugust 20th, 2009 - 6:52 pm ICT by GD
The ferociously charging Hurricane Bill, which had escalated to a Category 4 Storm on Wednesday, has reportedly lost some of its impact as it traversed its path across the western peripheries of the oceanic body of the Atlantic on Thursday. It has been reported to have downgraded to a Category 3 Storm now.
According to the observations of the National Hurricane Center, Bill now has maximum sustained winds at nearly 125 miles (205 km) per hour, which is a slight fall from its previous 135 mph rage. Nevertheless, it is still very powerful in its wake and is reported to contain even higher gusts of wind, the center said in an advisory. The Miami based Center has said that, “Bill could regain category 4 status later today or Friday.”
At about 5 a.m. ET on Thursday, according to the statistics of the NHC, the center of the hurricane Bill was said to be located at 325 miles north- northeast of the Leeward Islands and about 790 miles south- southeast of the Bermudas approximately.
Said Jack Bevin, who is a senior hurricane specialist, “It’s a little too early to evaluate what kind of direct impact Bill may have. Most of the computer guidance has the storm passing between Bermuda and the US coastline, then turning northeastward.” Most of the graphic models convey the idea that Bill will be heading straight for the sea, not aiming for the land at all.
According to meteorologists, Bill could cause excessive and dangerous tidal waves and lead to coastal flooding in the northeast of the US as well as affect Canada adversely, early next week.
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