Hurricane Bill a Category 3 Storm: Bermuda on Alert
Hurricane Bill is now a category 3 storm, but it is expected to become stronger and Bermuda has been placed on alert for the approaching storm that will bring very powerful winds and huge ocean swells.
A hurricane watch has been issued by the Bermuda Weather Service, and Hurricane Bill is the first hurricane of the Atlantic season. It is currently at about 1,100 kilometres south to southeast of the island of Bermuda.
The category three hurricane was moving at about 30 kilometres per hour toward the northwest, and was expected to pass over the open waters between the United States and Bermuda early Saturday, the US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said.
Hurricane Bill has winds of about 195 km/h and could become a category four storm in the next 24 hours. It has the potential to cause extensive damage if is reaches land.
A storm's status depends on how strong the winds are; a category 3 storm will cause extensive damage to buildings and a category 4 will cause 'extensive dangerous winds'.
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