Hurricane Bill to Pass Between Bermuda, U.S. Coast Saturday

August 21, 2009

Hurricane Bill became less organized Friday as it pursued a path that would take it between Bermuda and the eastern United States, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Bill, a Category 3 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale with steady 120 mph winds, still had the potential to strengthen, the center said. A tropical storm warning and a hurricane watch were issued for Bermuda.

At 5 a.m. EST, the hurricane’s center was about 425 miles south of Bermuda. Satellite imagery showed that it had become less organized in the past few hours.

It was expected to pass between the U.S. East Coast and Bermuda on Saturday.

Canada’s East Coast oil producers were monitoring Bill’s forecast path, which is expected to take it over Nova Scotia and Newfoundland on Sunday and Monday.

There was no threat to U.S. oil facilities.

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