Friday, August 21, 2009

Hurricane Bill crashes the Clinton's vacation

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former president Bill Clinton were forced to cut short their apparently long awaited holiday in Bermuda this weekend as Hurricane Bill was on its way there.

According to US National Hurricane Center, the first hurricane of the 2009 Atlantic season has gathered strength with sustained winds of up to 135 mph.

Hurricane Bill posed no threat to the Gulf of Mexico but authorities in Bermuda have warned residents to be prepared.

"The core of this dangerous hurricane will be passing well to the northeast of the northern Leeward Islands late today and early Thursday. The storm has the potential to grow in the next 24 hours and turn toward the northwest."

State's Ian Kelly told reporters today that the couple left on Thursday. He declined to comment on the next destination in their vacation, which I think they are trying to keep very under wraps.

Doubt their next stop will be anywhere on the East Coast since Hurricane Bill is heading that way and may also threaten the vacation of President Obama and his family who were on their way to Martha's Vineyard.

According to, this is just another bump in the Clintons road to have a pleasant vacation. Apparently, they had initially thought of staying on the Greek island of Corfu after a meeting in late June of the 56-nation Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. But Hillary Clinton canceled her attendance at the meeting after breaking her elbow.

For more info on Hurricane Bill visit the National Hurricane Center website here. (Its actually really fascinating!)

1 comment:

Stacy said...

I can't believe they even went, to be honest, given that storm was quickly gathering in intensity, but I guess when you can just hop in a private jet and scoot outta there, it's different! At least they got 2 sunny days there (the calm before the storm).

All the papers here in Boston are speculating whether they have come to Martha's Vineyard for a possible wedding and quite frankly, I wish the coverage would stop since the Clinton's obviously want some privacy- I don't know if there's going to be a wedding here but we are expecting Tropical Storm Bill to supposedly hit soon. So not such great wedding weather.

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