Hurricane Bill developed into a category 4 hurricane on Tuesday evening as he moves in a northwesterly direction at about 20 mph. The storm is currently about 1,600 miles southeast of the North Carolina coast. Bill should be about 300 miles east of the North Carolina Outer Banks by late Saturday. Swells as highs as 15 feet could develop in the coastal waters off the Outer Banks. Dangerous rip currents can be expected as early as Friday and continue through the weekend along the beaches. Some beach erosion can be expected along the coast and there could be some ocean overwash along Highway 12 from Cape Hatteras and northward. The storm will be a miss as far as inland areas are concerned but folks with interests along coastal areas should not take the storm lightly. Bill should move rapidly to the northeast by Sunday and Monday with seas subsiding by early next week.