CaribWorldNews, MIAMI, FL, Tues. Aug. 18, 2009: Hurricane Bill could impact Bermuda this week.
Hurricane Bill is being forecast to become a major storm in the next couple of days and is expected to be near Bermuda by the end of the week. Bill last night strengthened to a category two hurricane.
At 11 p.m. EST, the center of Hurricane Bill was located about 865 miles east of the Lesser Antilles.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Ana, the first named storm of the season, while now a tropical depression, could still pose a potential threat to Hispaniola, the island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Forecasters say impoverished riverside communities are extremely vulnerable to flooding and could be affected by heavy rains brought on by Ana. Officials in Haiti, yesterday said they were relieved that Ana had weakened. But residents were warned to continue exercising caution around rivers and coastal areas.
In Puerto Rico, rain from Ana flooded highways in the capital, San Juan. Forecasters predicted 2 to 4 inches of rain.
The Atlantic hurricane season runs through November.