Monday, August 24, 2009

The last Hurricane Bill

This Hurricane Bill will be the last Hurricane Bill.

When a named tropical system results in lives lost, its name is deleted from the six-year rotation of storm names. Bill has joined those ranks.

Two people died this weekend as a result of Bill's stormy seas. A 7-year-old girl from New York was admiring the surf at Maine's Acadia National Park on Sunday when she was swept into the Atlantic by a large wave. She was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard, but died shortly afterward.

Meanwhile, in New Smyrna Beach, Angel Rosa, 54, of Orlando, died after washing ashore unconscious near rough surf caused by Bill.

The point has been belabored, but it's important to repeat. These tragic events illustrate the dangers of tropical systems – whether they're tropical depressions or Cat. 5 monsters, making a direct strike or 200 miles offshore. Don't mess with them.
-- News Editor Brent Conklin

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