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Hurricane Bill stirs up rough seas

August 23, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

A weakening Hurricane Bill spun northward, churning up rough seas, creating dangerous riptides and closing beaches to swimmers on the Eastern Seaboard, including President Obama's planned vacation spot, Martha's Vineyard.

The Category 1 hurricane was expected to pass the mainland well off New England, but was still packing high winds and waves.

By the evening, Bill had maximum sustained winds near 85 mph and was about 250 miles south-southeast of Nantucket, Mass., according to the National Hurricane Center.

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