Hurricane Bill continued to build strength Tuesday, packing winds of 100 mph as a Category 2 storm. Bill is expected to strengthen over the next 48 hours, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Various weather models had the storm either grazing the west side of Bermuda or missing the island entirely by the end of the week. At that point, Bill could move dangerously close to the coast of the Carolinas and the Northeast or turn back to the sea and avoid the East Coast.
On Tuesday morning, Bill was churning west-northwest at 17 mph and was approximately 800 miles east of the Leeward Islands in the northern Caribbean, where the Caribbean and Atlantic meet.
"The system is large and eventually will be a powerful hurricane [Category 3 with winds above 11 mph]," said John Cangialosi, an NHC meteorologist.
Ana and Claudette, the other two storms of the season, weakened and dissipated by late Monday. However, heavy rains from Ana caused some flooding in Puerto Rico, closing some schools and roads. Some evacuations in the Dominican Republic were related to flooding and mudslides.
Claudette dumped rain in Alabama after making landfall as a tropical storm in the Florida Panhandle on Monday.
The Carnival Freedom, on an eight-day cruise out of Fort Lauderdale, visited Nassau Sunday instead of staying at sea and is in San Juan today instead of Monday. The Freedom stayed at sea on Monday.
On Wednesday it will call in St. Thomas instead of Antigua, and it will make it regularly scheduled stop in Tortola on Thursday. Friday it will be at sea rather than return to Nassau.
The Carnival Glory’s itinerary was modified Sunday but was changed back to its original itinerary yesterday.
The Caribbean Princess, sailing out of New York, visited Grand Turk instead of San Juan on Monday, missed St. Thomas today and stayed at sea. It will visit Nassau on Wednesday instead of Grand Turk and make an unplanned call at Port Canaveral on Thursday.
Johanna Jainchill contributed to this report.