"Hurricane Bill Gathers Strength out in Atlantic"

"PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- The first hurricane of the Atlantic season loomed far out in the ocean Tuesday, gaining power and moving on a track that forecasters said could take it close to Bermuda by the end of the week.

Hurricane Bill was expected to become a major storm in the next couple of days, with winds topping 110 mph (177 kph), following on the heels of two relatively weak systems that did little more than drop rain on the northeastern Caribbean and the Florida Panhandle. It had become a Category 2 storm Monday with winds whipping at 100 mph (160 kph) as it moved on a track expected to be near Bermuda by the end of the week."

Jonathan M. Katz reports for the Associated Press August 18, 2009.

See Also:

"Hurricane Bill Heads Away From U.S." (New York Times)

SEJ Hurricane Reporting Toolbox

"Storm Hits Florida as First Atlantic Hurricane Gathers Power"

Tuesday, August 18, 2009