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Hurricane Bill Strengthening

14.1N 45.2W

August 17th, 2009 Category: Tropical Storms

Hurricane Bill - August 17th, 2009

Hurricane Bill - August 17th, 2009

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Track of Bill - August 17th, 2009 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of Bill

Hurricane Bill is strengthening as it continues moving west-northwestward.
At 1100 am AST (1500 UTC) the center of Hurricane Bill was located near latitude 14.1 north longitude 45.2 West or about 1080 miles (1735 km) East of the Lesser Antilles.

Hurricane Bill is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph (26 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 90 mph 150 km/h with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Hurricane Bill could become a major hurricane by Wednesday.

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 30 miles (45 km) from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 145 miles (230 km). The estimated minimum central pressure is 977 mb (28.85 inches).

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