This just in — the NASA/NOAA satellite GOES-14 has just released video taken on August 20 (that’s today!) of Hurricane Bill, the first hurricane of the season. This spectacular video is a collection of a few quick movies put together by the GOES-14 team and includes an impressive zoom-out, showing how big the hurricane is, relative to the hemisphere. Yes, Bill is large, with sustained winds of 217 kph (135 mph), making it a powerful Category 4 storm. The winds extend outward up to 80 miles from the center. Bill stretches more than 1,200 kilometers (746 miles) across, and the storm’s partially cloud-filled eye is nearly 50 kilometers (31 miles) wide.
See an image below of Bill from NASA’s MODIS satellite, taken on August 19, 2009.
As of August 20 at 5 pm EDT, Hurricane Bill was located 790 miles SSE of Bermuda, while continuing to move quickly off to the northwest. Bill should begin turning in a more northerly direction by later Friday.
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Based on all available forecast data at this time, it appears that Bill will track east of the Eastern U.S. Coast over the next few days.
You can follow a tracker on Weather.com to find out where Hurricane Bill is currently located.