Hurricane Bill took a breather overnight, dropping 10 mph from its top sustained winds and falling back to Category 3 status - still a "major" storm, but with top winds of "only" 125 mph.
That may change in the coming days as the storm moves back over warmer waters between the Carolinas and Bermuda. Bill is expected to restrengthen, but there is no significant change in its forecast track.
The National Hurricane Center warns that large swells created by the storm should begin reaching the U.S. coast on Friday and Saturday. That will mean heavy surf and the risk of dangerous rip currents. Here is word from the NWS's Ocean City forecast:
"A HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS IS LIKELY FOR FRIDAY
THROUGH THE WEEKEND. BUILDING LONG PERIOD SWELL ASSOCIATED WITH
HURRICANE BILL WILL ARRIVE LATE THIS WEEK...AND WILL CONTINUE TO
PROPAGATE THROUGH OUR WATERS THROUGH LATE SUNDAY INTO EARLY
MONDAY. THOSE HEADED TO AREA BEACHES THIS WEEKEND ARE ADVISED TO
EXERCISE CAUTION...AND HEED THE ADVICE OF THE BEACH PATROL.
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE SURF ZONE FORECAST"