Bill Even Looks HUGE from Space

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Bill Even Looks HUGE from Space

Bill is now a large and powerful category 4 hurricane as of 11 a.m. EDT, sustained winds remained near 135 miles per hour. The center of circulation is located around 380 miles east-northeast of the northern Leeward Islands and about 1080 miles south-southeast of Bermuda.  Bill is forecast to head in the general direction of the Canadian Maritimes late in the weekend or very early next week.  Beginning Thursday through Sunday, high surf and dangerous rip currents will reach coastal areas of the U.S. Boats and swimmers will need to stay out of the water this weekend!

Hurricane Terms You Should Know
My thoughts on handling Hurricane news.

Tropical Depression-I follow then but don’t worry too much.

Bill Even Looks HUGE from Space

An organized system of clouds and thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 38 MPH (33 knots) or less. Sustained winds are defined as one-minute average wind measured at about 33 ft (10 meters) above the surface.
Tropical Storm-I watch a little closer not Freaking out yet.
An organized system of strong thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 39��"73 MPH (34��"63 knots).

Hurricane-TV & Computer both locked on the Weather Channel.  I want to keep up on where the Hurricane is going.
An intense tropical weather system of strong thunderstorms with a well-defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 74 MPH (64 knots) or higher.
Storm Surge-I hate this I just hate this.  This can get YOU when the Hurricane is nowhere near to your location.

Thanks NASA

A dome of water pushed onshore by hurricane and tropical storm winds. Storm surges can reach 25 feet high and be 50" & 1000 miles wide.
Storm Tide-Luck of the draw if it is high tide when the Storm Surge hits you are just Screwed!!
A combination of storm surge and the normal tide (i.e., a 15-foot storm surge combined with a 2-foot normal high tide over the mean sea level created a 17-foot storm tide).
Hurricane/Tropical Storm Watch-You just want to stay informed.
Hurricane/tropical storm conditions are possible in the specified area, usually within 36 hours. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.

Hurricane/Tropical Storm Warning-24 hours is not a lot of time.
Hurricane/tropical storm conditions are expected in the specified area, usually within 24 hours.

Short Term Watches and Warnings-More Scary Stuff
These warnings provide detailed information about specific hurricane threats, such as flash floods and tornadoes.

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Weather Channel Lady

Bill became the first hurricane of the season on Monday morning. It has continued to strengthen, becoming a category 2 hurricane strength late Monday and a category 3 hurricane Tuesday evening.
As of 11 p.m. EDT, Bill had sustained winds near 125 miles per hour. Further strengthening is expected and the system could become a category 4 hurricane soon.
Bill is moving to the west-northwest on the southern periphery of high pressure to its north. Some disturbances are forecast weaken a portion of this high allowing a more northwest motion over time.
This forecast track would keep Bill north of the Lesser Antilles and heading in the general direction of Bermuda, or between Bermuda and the North Carolina Outer Banks, over the weekend. Residents and visitors of Bermuda should pay close attention to the progress of Bill.

Hurricane Bill Party Planning Tips

A hurricane party as the name suggests is a “social event” held by the people in a hurricane’s path who cannot for some reason evacuate during a hurricane warning.

Weather Channel Lady showing the Projected Path of Bill
  Guests are typically allowed to stay with you for 3-7 days which is way over my usual limit even for the best of friends & most family members.  Guests, in return, bring goodies hurricane supplies such as water, radios, and camping equipment coolers full of food, drinks lots & lots of drinks which are necessary for Weather Alert Game.  The Weather Alert Game is played by having a drink of your choice every time a Hurricane update comes on TV.  As a result of the impending power outage frozen meats, will surely be wasted after the storm. In order to make good use of these items, grilling is an important aspect of Hurricane Bill parties, as a way of "cleaning out the freezer."  Although the guests are expected to bring survival kits and other materials such as food and electronic equipment, the host is primarily responsible for supplying a minimal amount of each for all guests involved. The host will also be required to have enough space in his/her house for the people invited, as well as having prepared the house for the coming hurricane (window boarding & all that good stuff).

 A distant hurricane may not be severe enough to require evacuation. However, even a tropical storm or a minimal hurricane can knock out power for days. You may have a roof over your head which is much better than being in a shelter, but have no electricity to cook dinner or run the refrigerator.
The following is not on all Florida State hurricane must haves but is it on Mine!
Hurricane Bill Recipe
1 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon or lime
4 ounces dark rum
4 ounces passion fruit syrup
Crushed ice if available
Orange and/or lime slice
1 Maraschino Cherry
In a cocktail shaker, add lemon juice, rum, passion fruit syrup, and crushed ice if there is any; shake vigorously for 1 to 2 minutes and then strain into a red solo cup marked with your name.

This is a Very Very Complete list compiled by one of the Florida state agencies to make it through Hurricane Bill or any hurricane if needed I don’t know anyone who has everything on this list. I try to prepare like it is a primitive camping trip.
Bottled water (1 gallon per day per person) for 14 days Manual can opener
Non-perishable foods:
Canned meat, fish, fruit and vegetables
Bread in moisture proof packaging
Cookies, candy, dried fruit
Canned soups & milk
Powdered or single serve drinks
Cereal bars
Package condiments
Peanut butter and jelly
Instant coffee & tea
Flashlight (1 per person)
Portable battery powered lanterns
Glass enclosed candles
Battery powered radio or TV
Battery operated alarm clock
Extra batteries
Ice chest and ice
First Aid Kit-including aspirin, antibiotic cream, and antacids
Mosquito repellent
Sun screen (45 SPF recommended)
Waterproof matches/butane lighter
Plain bleach or water purification tablets
Disposable plates, glasses, and Utensils
Maps of the area with landmarks on it
Portable camp stove or grill
Stove fuel or charcoal, lighter fluid
Disposable eating utensils, plates & cups
Napkins & paper towels
Aluminum foil
Oven mitts
Personal Supplies:
Prescriptions ( 1month supply)
Photo copies of prescriptions
Toilet paper
Entertainment: books, magazines, card games etc
Soap and detergent

Bedding: pillows, sleeping bag
Clothing for a few days
Rain ponchos, and work gloves
Extra glasses or contact lenses
Photo copies of prescriptions
Photo identification
Proof of occupancy of residence (utility bills)
Medical history or information
Waterproof container for document storage
Back-up disks of your home computer files
Tools: hammer, wrenches, screw drivers, nails, saw
Trash bags (lots of them)
Cleaning supplies
Plastic drop cloth
Mosquito netting
ABC rated fire extinguisher
Masking or duct tape
Outdoor extension cords
Spray paint to identify your home if necessary

As always hope none of above listed items are needed!!

mountaingirl says:
Indeed a very complete list! Sometimes the normal storms are already bad enough but hurricanes.... Thanks for this informative and interesting blog! :-))
Posted on: Sep 06, 2009
alyssa_ob says:
Congrats on the feature today. LOts of good information that (hopefully) people won't need right now. Stay dry!
Posted on: Aug 20, 2009
missandrea81 says:
Dare I say congrats. Hang in there Bill. :)
Posted on: Aug 20, 2009
Bill Even Looks HUGE from Space
Bill Even Looks HUGE from Space
Bill Even Looks HUGE from Space
Bill Even Looks HUGE from Space
Thanks NASA
Thanks NASA
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