Tropical Storm “Bill” forms off the coast of North Carolina, U.S.

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Tropical Storm "Bill" formed off the coast of North Carolina, U.S. at 03:00 UTC on June 15, 2021, as the 2nd named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season. Bill is moving fairly swiftly toward Newfoundland, Canada, and is expected to dissipate on June 16.

At 03:00 UTC on June 15, the center of Tropical Storm "BIll" was located about 540 km (335 miles) ENE of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The system had maximum sustained winds of 75 km/h (45 mph) and was moving NE at 37 km/h (23 mph). Its minimum central pressure was 1 003 hPa.

Bill is expected to continue moving NE through Wednesday, June 16 with increasing forward speed.

Some additional short-term strengthening is possible today, however, the system is expected to become a post-tropical low and dissipate on June 16.

Tropical Storm "Bill" at 06:50 UTC on June 15, 2021. Credit: NOAA/GOES-16, RAMMB/CIRA, TW

The 1991 – 2020 average for the 2nd named Atlantic storm is July 16.

Since 1950, 2 or more named storms have formed in the basin in 8 seasons: 1951, 1956, 1958, 2007, 2012, 2016, 2020 and 2021, Dr. Philip Klotzbach said.

Featured image: Tropical Storm "Bill" at 06:50 UTC on June 15, 2021. Credit: NOAA/GOES-16, RAMMB/CIRA, TW

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