Saturday, August 22, 2009

Bill forecast to regain Category 4 status as it targets Newfoundland

Category 4 is reserved for hurricanes with “extremely dangerous” winds that can cause “devastating damage.”
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Aug. 21 (Bloomberg) -- A weakened hurricane Bill may make
one last push toward strengthening into a Category 4 storm
before it begins its decline on a track toward the Canadian
Maritimes, forecasters said.
The storm had sustained winds of 115 miles (185 kilometers)
per hour, down from 120 mph earlier, making it a Category 3 on
the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, the U.S. National Hurricane
Center said in an advisory posted at 7:45 a.m. Miami time. It
was 385 miles south of Bermuda and 820 miles southeast of Cape
Hatteras, North Carolina, heading northwest at 17 mph.
“Bill is slightly weaker than previous days but will
strengthen later today and is a serious threat to eastern
Canada,” said Kristina Pydynowski, a senior meteorologist with
private forecaster “We have it coming back to
a Category 4 as we go by tonight.”
The storm will then pass south of Nova
Scotia before making landfall in Newfoundland.
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