Thursday, August 20, 2009

Bill vs. Bill

Hurricane Bill could make for a stormy Bermuda vacation for former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The pair arrived on the island Wednesday for a three-to four-day getaway. It begs the question: Why would the Clintons go to Bermuda with a major storm in the offing?

As of the 5 p.m. update Thursday, Bermuda was under a hurricane watch (hurricane-force winds possible within 36 hours) and a tropical storm warning (tropical-storm force winds expected within 24 hours).

Bill's sustained winds have pushed back up to 125 mph. Hurricane-force winds extend 115 miles from the center, tropical storm-force winds 260 miles.

Forecasters expect even more restrengthening with warm waters and less wind shear in Bill's path.

Eric Blake, a hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center, told the Associated Press: "It's moving over waters of 84, 85 degrees Fahrenheit, which could provide some fuel to it. We still think it could restrengthen back into a Category 4. The environmental conditions appear to be right."

-- News Editor Brent Conklin

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