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Bill - 1997
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HURRICANE BILL

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Hurricane Bill in the North Atlantic

A large extratropical low pressure system separated from a trough to the northeast of Puerto Rico on July 6. On July 7, showers and convection was on the increase as the storm moved into the Bahamas. The wind shear that had prevented development began to cease on July 10, and the low finally became Tropical Depression Three on July 11 when located about 300 miles southwest of Bermuda. The depression organized further and became Tropical Storm Bill later that day. Bill moved on a rapid pace to the northeast from day one, and would continue this motion for the rest of its short lifetime. The pressure was originally quite high for a tropical storm, measured at 1013 mbar, but as the storm gained strength, it fell quickly, and was at 987 mbar midday on July 12 as Bill reached hurricane strength. The hurricane briefly sported an eye that day, reaching a peak intensity with a pressure of 986 mbar and winds of 75 mph. Bill weakened back to a tropical storm at the next advisory, due to interactions with the progressively colder waters of the North Atlantic Ocean. However, the storm was not able to continue as it was absorbed into a frontal system that day, and was unidentifiable by July 13. No damages or deaths were reported due to Bill, having avoided the island of Bermuda.

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