Bill Is No Longer a Hurricane

August 24, 2009

(4:30 p.m. EDT) -- The National Hurricane Center says in its most recent report that Hurricane Bill has now lost its tropical characteristics, and Environment Canada has discontinued all warnings and watches in Newfoundland, where the storm was to bring heavy rain and violent waves today. reports that as many as six inches of rain are expected to fall in Newfoundland today.

According to the 5 a.m. advisory from the NHC, Hurricane Bill's maximum sustained winds have decreased to about 70 miles per hour -- down from 75 m.p.h. yesterday -- and the storm is currently located about 190 miles northeast of Cape Race, Newfoundland. Although Bill is no longer a tropical cyclone, large storm areas and gale-force winds are expected over the northern Atlantic in the day one to two days.

Several news outlets, including the Montreal Gazette, have reported flooding in Nova Scotia, which has left thousands of homes without power.

At least one person has died in Florida, likely as the result of rough surf caused by the hurricane, according to an Associated Press report, which says that a 54-year-old man washed ashore, unconscious, on New Smyrna Beach Saturday.

Strong rip currents are impacting many coastal beaches, including those in New Jersey, as is reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

In addition, ABC News has reported that a group of sightseers, including a 7-year-old girl, was swept out to sea by a rogue wave -- likely resulting from the storm -- yesterday in Maine's Acadia National Park.

Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes

The newest line to join the list of those making itinerary changes is Princess. Caribbean Princess skipped a planned call in Newport, RI yesterday. The ship is now slated to arrive in Boston at 8 a.m. Monday -- two hours ahead of schedule.

Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas, which departed Cape Liberty on Thursday, will sail a revised itinerary that will visit San Juan today; St. Maarten on Monday; St. Thomas on Tuesday; and Kings Wharf, Bermuda, on Thursday.

Weather Outlook: Next Affected Ships & Ports

Bill is currently moving in an east-northeast direction across the Atlantic. (See above for impacted itineraries.)

Holland America's Maasdam, as well as Princess Cruises' Tahitian Princess, are scheduled to be in the area this week. No changes have yet been made to either of these sailings.

According to the NHC's five-day forecast, it appears the storm could swing back around to the U.K. sometime next week.

We'll keep you updated.

--by Ashley Kosciolek, Copy Editor