Hurricane Bill is the first actual hurricane of the 2009 season in the Atlantic. Hurricane Bill formed in the open ocean is now heading towards Bermuda and gaining strength. Two other tropical cyclones that formed in the Atlantic and exist simultaneously with Hurricane Bill – Tropical Storm Ana and Tropical Storm Claudette are weakening and are expected to dissipate soon. Ana is in the Caribbean, just south of Puerto Rico while Claudette reached mainland of the USA and plowed over the shores of Florida.
Winds of Hurricane Bill have topped sustained speed of 90 miles per hour (145 km/h) which still classifies it as Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale however it is expected to reach category 3 status by late Tuesday (tomorrow) or early Wednesday. Category 3 hurricanes winds reach 110 mph sustained speed. If Hurricane Bill reaches category 3 status, it will be considered a major hurricane of the 2009 season.
Based on latest updates from the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Bill is currently about 1,080 east of the Lesser Antilles. It’s moving west-northwest at 16 miles per hour. It is expected to get close to the south-west end of Bermuda by Saturday.