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Bill Becomes Hurricane, Strengthening

Posted by feww on August 17, 2009

For regular updates see Atlantic Hurricanes 2009

Images of the Day: Bill Became a Hurricane

TS  Bill became the first hurricane of the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season today, about 1,870 km east of the Lesser Antilles islands of the Caribbean, the national hurricane center reported.

Bill has sustained 120 kilometer per hour winds, as it races west across the Atlantic Ocean.

The “Twin-Engine” Hurricane Bill

Bill’s strong, “twin-Engine” symmetry may help it strengthen to a major hurricane as it races west across the Atlantic.

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Hurricane Bill. Still Frame printed for reference (Unenhanced). To enlarge and update, Click on the image. Image source: NOAA

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Hurricane Bill.
Still Frame printed for reference (JSL enhancement).
To enlarge and update, Click on the image. Image source: NOAA

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One Response to “Bill Becomes Hurricane, Strengthening”

  1. feww said

    NHC: Hurricane BILL Public Advisory No. 11
    BILL STRENGTHENS TO A CATEGORY TWO HURRICANE
    Summary:
    11:00 PM AST Mon Aug 17
    Location: 15.0°N 48.3°W
    Max sustained: 100 mph
    Moving: WNW at 17 mph
    Min pressure: 967 mb

    MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 100 MPH (160 KM/HR) WITH HIGHER GUSTS. ADDITIONAL STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST in THE NEXT 48 HOURS, AND BILL COULD BECOME A MAJOR HURRICANE WITHIN THE NEXT DAY OR SO.

    HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 30 MILES (45 KM) FROM
    THE CENTER… AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 150 MILES (240 KM).

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