Hurricane Bill was downgraded early Thursday to a Category 3 storm packing 125 mph winds, but forecasters warned that the hurricane could become a Category 4 again by day’s end or on Friday as it encountered warmer waters.
Although it’s unlikely that Bill will make landfall in the U.S., forecasters have not ruled out a hit on Cape Cod, which lies within the National Hurricane Center’s "cone of uncertainty" and is at risk for a Sunday-morning strike.
Computer models still had Bill passing between the U.S. mid-Atlantic coast and Bermuda early Saturday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Thursday’s course had Bill churning northwest at 18 mph, about 790 miles southeast of Bermuda and 325 miles northeast of the Leeward Islands. The storm was expected to begin a more northerly track by late Friday.
The northeastern Caribbean, Bermuda and the Carolina coast will be affected by large swells and heavy surf through the weekend.