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| Hurricane Bill a major Category Three hurricane: authorities|
| Updated at: 0719 PST, Wednesday, August 19, 2009|
MIAMI: Hurricane Bill was upgraded to a major Category Three hurricane Tuesday as its sustained winds increased to near 125 miles (205 kilometers) per hour, the National Hurricane Center said.
A hurricane hunter plane that flew into the Atlantic storm indicated "that Bill has strengthened and maximum sustained winds have increased to near 125 MPH," the center said in an advisory.
That made Bill "a Category 3 Hurricane on the Saffir/Simpson hurricane scale," it said.