Hurricane Bill heading for Canada
Hurricane Bill expected to pound Atlantic Canada with heavy rain, winds Sunday (The Canadian Press)
HALIFAX, N.S. — Hurricane Bill is expected to pummel parts of Atlantic
Canada with torrential rain, large ocean swells and howling, hurricane-force
winds starting late Sunday, the Canadian Hurricane Centre says.
The storm is expected to enter Canadian waters along George's Bank early Sunday as a Category 3 hurricane, churning out sustained winds at 190 kilometres per hour, the centre's program supervisor, Peter Bowyer, said Thursday.
The latest computer models suggest Bill will swing south of Nova Scotia, where it will be downgraded to a marginal Category 2 storm with damaging winds surpassing 152 km/h offshore.
The storm's eye is not expected to make landfall Sunday, but Bill is large enough that its huge spiral bands are expected to savage parts of Nova Scotia with 120 km/h winds and up to 100 millimetres of rain.
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Here Comes Hurricane Bill! (AccuWeather)
Hurricane Bill is a large Category 3 hurricane with sustained winds of 125 miles per hour. The storm is expected to regain Category 4 intensity (winds over 130 mph) within the next 18 hours.
Watch out, New England! This will be a close call, though we do expect the worst of Bill to pass just to the east. Nevertheless, southeastern Massachusetts and certainly Cape Cod can expect a pretty nasty blow from the storm late Saturday night and early Sunday with potential for winds to 60 miles per hour.
Could Bill Track Farther West? (AccuWeather)
Currently, the projected steering currents for the weekend bring the storm close to southeastern New England early Sunday, but then the center of the hurricane veers off toward Nova Scotia.
In order for the storm to come straight north, like the 1938 storm or hurricane Gloria, the upper-level flow would have to back around much more than what is currently projected on the computers. If that were to happen (let's give it less than 20 percent chance), eastern New England would really get walloped.