HURRICANE: Bill’s status unchanged, advisories end on Ana and Claudette

By Lisa Zahner | Last updated at 6:45 p.m.TROPICS: At the 5 p.m. advisory, Hurricane Bill had not strenghened since 11 a.m. and was continuing on a west-northwest path at 16 mph. with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph and gusts up to 115 mph. Bill is expected to intensify tonight, as the minimum pressure went down from 977 millibars at 11 a.m. to 969 millibars at 5 p.m.Bill is predicted to become a powerful Category 3 hurricane on Tuesday night and finally, at 5 p.m., all the computer models are in agreement that Bill will take a shift north in response to the pull from an upper-level trough that is forming. The cone of error for Bill, however, is several hundred miles wide for days three to five in the forecast and all coastal residents in the eastern United States should continue to monitor Bill this week.The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has discontinued advisories on Ana and Claudette. Ana could still be a rain-maker for the Florida Keys and Southwest Florida on Wednesday and Thursday, but is expected to break up as it moves over the rugged terrain of the island of Hispaniola overnight.The next update on Hurricane Bill by the NHC will be at 11 p.m.

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