Hurricane Bill Forms in Atlantic & Predicted to Reach Category 3 Status

Well, it’s Atlantic hurricane season again, and over the last week or so we’ve seen our first named storms of the season develop. 

Though still well out to sea, the most threatening of these is Bill, as of 11 AM a Category 1 hurricane with 90 mph winds.  According to this MSNBC report, Bill is expected to grow to a Category 3 with winds of 110 mph by Wednesday.   

Any threat the storm may present to the U.S. east coast is uncertain at this point — but will probably become clearer by the end of the week.  You can follow Bill’s progress online at the National Hurricane Center‘s webpage, which includes charts, satellite imagery, reports on the predicted track of the storm and conditions favorable or unfavorable to development, wind speeds, etc.

Of course, the library has books on hurricanes if you’re interested.  Try some of these recent titles:  Hurricanes, Typhoons, & Other Tropical Cyclones by Neil Morris (juvenile); Storm World:  Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming by Chris Mooney; Storm That Drowned a City (DVD); Hurricane Hunters!:  Riders on the Storm by Chris L. Demarest (juvenile); Hurricane Katrina Strikes the Gulf Coast:  Disaster & Survival by Mara Miller (juvenile); Hurricane Watch:  Forecasting the Deadliest Storms on Earth by Jack Williams and Bob Sheets; Inside the Hurricane:  Face to Face with Nature’s Deadliest Storms by Pete Davies; The Great Hurricanes of North Carolina by John Hairr; Faces from the Flood:  Hurricane Floyd Remembered by Richard Moore and Jay Barnes; Isaac’s Storm:  A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson; The Great Hurricane–1938 by Cherie Burns; Down in New Orleans:  Reflections from a Drowned City by Billy Sothern; 1 Dead in Attic: After Katrina by Chris Rose; Breach of Faith:  Hurricane Katrina and the Near Death of a Great American City by Jed Horne; and Storm that Drowned a City (DVD).

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