Bermuda on alert for Hurricane Bill, 120 mph winds

MIAMI (AP) - Bermuda is under a hurricane watch as Hurricane Bill nears the island with its winds slightly weakened but still blowing at near 120 mph.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Bill is a Category 3 storm and likely to regain some strength. It could become a Category 4 storm again Friday, with winds over 130 mph.

On the forecast track, it is expected to pass between Bermuda and the U.S. eastern coast on Saturday.

A hurricane watch was issued Thursday for Bermuda, meaning hurricane winds could strike within 36 hours.

Bill is centered about 380 miles north of the Leeward Islands and about 695 miles south-southeast of Bermuda. The hurricane is moving northwest near 18 mph.

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