Hurricane Bill 8-18-09 Update

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The 1st Wind & Rain of Hurricane Bill 8/18/2009 3:00pm

Hurricane Bill continued to strengthen throughout the day Monday and reached Category 2 strength Monday evening, currently with sustained winds near 100 miles per hour.  There is a chance Bill could go through rapid intensification today, and is currently expected to become a major hurricane in the next day or so.
The current forecast track for Bill keeps it north of the Lesser Antilles, heading in the general direction of Bermuda, or between Bermuda and the North Carolina Outer Banks, over the weekend.
Regardless of whether Bill makes landfall, rough surf is expected along the beaches of the Northern Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, and Hispaniola by midweek, the Bahamas by late week, and the East Coast of the U.S. by the weekend into early next week. Dangerous rip currents can be expected once swells generated by Bill reach coastal areas.  Residents and visitors in Bermuda should pay close attention to the progress of Bill.

Hurricane Categories
Category One Hurricane: Sustained winds 74-95 mph (64-82 kt or 119-153 km/hr).

The 1st Wind & Rain of Hurricane Bill 8/18/2009 3:00pm
Damaging winds are expected.

Category Two Hurricane: Sustained winds 96-110 mph (83-95 kt or 154-177 km/hr). Very strong winds will produce widespread damage.

Category Three Hurricane: Sustained winds 111-130 mph (96-113 kt or 178-209 km/hr). Dangerous winds will cause extensive damage.

Category Four Hurricane: Sustained winds 131-155 mph (114-135 kt or 210-249 km/hr). Extremely dangerous winds causing devastating damage are expected.

Category Five Hurricane: Sustained winds greater than 155 mph (135 kt or 249 km/hr). Catastrophic damage is expected. Complete roof failure on many residences and industrial buildings will occur.

OSB Hurrican Plan
Know your home's vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind.

The 1st Wind & Rain of Hurricane Bill 8/18/2009 3:00pm
 BFV (Big Frigging Vulnerability) Davis Island is surrounded by water.
Locate a safe room or the safest areas in your home for each hurricane hazard. In certain circumstances the safest areas may not be your home but within your community. Run Forest Run
Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet. These should be measured in tens of miles rather than hundreds of miles. There are only 5 lanes off & on Davis Island which head into downtown Tampa.
Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact, so all your family members have a single point of contact. That would be my sister in Minnesota.
Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate. No Pets Thank You
Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.
I guess i need to refill the bird feeder
They know believe me.
Check your insurance coverage - flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance. No Stuff
Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a Disaster Supply Kit OSB EBP (Emergency Back Pack) ready & waiting
NOAA(National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather radio.  Remember to replace its batteries. Done at least twice a year.

As of 5 p.m. 8-18-09 EDT, Hurricane Bill had sustained winds near 110 miles per hour.

Hurricane Bill 8-17-09 AM Update Thanks as always to The Weather Channel
Further strengthening is expected and the system could become a major hurricane (category three or higher) 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.
Regardless, rough surf is expected along the beaches of the Northern Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, and Hispaniola by midweek, the Bahamas by late week, and the East Coast of the U.S. by the weekend into early next week. Dangerous rip currents can be expected once swells generated by Bill reach coastal areas.

oldschoolbill says:
Me too Keith fingers toes & eyes Crossed!!
Posted on: Aug 19, 2009
Dr_Seuss says:
Good planning tips Bill
Posted on: Aug 18, 2009
alyssa_ob says:
good to know - but maybe not so relevant in Minnesota ;) Having a single contact out-of-state is a good idea for any disaster.
Posted on: Aug 18, 2009
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