Bill now a Cat. 4 storm


Hurricane Bill swirled up to Category 4 status on the Saffir-Simpson scale while we slept. The storm's top sustained winds are now near 135 mph as it moves toward the west northwest at 16 mph.

That makes Bill the first hurricane and the first "major" hurricane of the 2009 Atlantic season. The good news is that Bill does not appear to pose a threat to the East Coast, aside from rip currents and heavy surf as the storm track takes it between the Carolina coast and Bermuda.

Bill is expected to strengthen some in the next few days.

Here is the latest forecast advisory. Here is the forecast storm track. And here is the view from space.

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