MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Bill became a Category 4 storm as it rumbled across the Atlantic early Wednesday with maximum sustained winds near 135 mph.
And according to Bay News 9meteorologist Juli Marquez, the dangerous hurricane could get even stronger.
Officials in the Leeward Islands are monitoring Bill’s progress, though the core of the storm was expected to pass well to the northeast of the islands late Wednesday and early Thursday.
Early Wednesday, Bill was centered about 460 miles east of the Leeward Islands and moving west-northwest near 16 mph. The storm is located at 18.0 N latitude and 54.9 W longitude.
The most significant threat could be to Bermuda, which the storm could pass in three or four days. But it also could move directly between Bermuda and the eastern coast of the U.S. without making landfall.
Meanwhile, people in flood-prone Haiti and the Dominican Republic awoke to good news Tuesday as it appeared Ana, the first named storm of the Atlantic season, had largely spared their shared island.
The two countries that share the island of Hispaniola are vulnerable to storms, with many impoverished people clustered along rivers, but there were no reports of major damage from the remnants of Tropical Storm Ana.
The system had been downgraded to a tropical depression and then largely dissipated before reaching Haiti and the Dominican Republic, but its rains were still considered a potential threat.