Hurricane Bill apparently has brought an early end to the Bermuda vacation of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton. A State Department spokesman says the Clintons left Bermuda Thursday night as the hurricane moved closer.
Bill is expected to bring high surf, heavy rain and gusty winds to the island as it passes between Bermuda and the East Coast of the United States Saturday.
The storm is also expected to whip up the surf from Puerto Rico to the Canadian Maritimes.
Forecasters are predicting some flooding and beach erosion along North Carolina's Outer Banks. Emergency managers in New England are warning boaters, swimmers and surfers to take added precautions this weekend.
Waves of up to 20 feet are possible south of Martha's Vineyard, where President Barack Obama and his family are headed for vacation on Sunday.
As of Friday afternoon, Bill was a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 110 miles an hour. It was centered about 290 miles south-southwest of Bermuda, or about 695 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., moving northwest around 18 miles an hour.