HURRICANE BILL UPDATE ... 18TH AUGUST 2009 ... 1800 BST
Bill is wobbling about as he goes through a eyewall replacement cycle. This will temporarily weaken him but he will be back to life shortly.
He is quite a large Hurricane and I have been worrying a little about his track that seemed to continue west and threaten the Northern Windwards but the forecasted swing to the north west appears to have started according to the Sat Loops I have been watching and this has slowed my pulse to some extent.
Due to his size, I expect that Bill's outer rain bands will bring rain to many of the Windward Islands, possibly as far south as Tobago, over the next 3 / 4 days ... but thankfully most will escape any significant wind speeds.
But watch out for large waves ... apparently a wave of 55 feet was recorded by a buoy near Bill's centre ... this will send some pretty big swells away from Bill in all directions and the consequential beach erosion issues will be discussed again ... a surfer's paradise for the next week though! ... 15 feet waves are forecast on many 'Bill facing' beaches.
Bermuda is watching this one for the weekend and keeping fingers, arms and legs crossed.
I remain fixated.
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