Bermuda Braces For Hurricane Bill

MIAMI (AP) – Tropical storm warnings are up in Bermuda ahead of Hurricane Bill.

The Category 3 storm is expected to cause significant flooding along the island's coasts today and tomorrow. Authorities are urging residents to take precautions and not to swim until further notice.

Dangerous waves and riptides are forecast for the U.S. east coast this weekend.

The storm's maximum sustained winds have weakened slightly to near 120 miles an hour. Forecasters say the hurricane is becoming less organized, but could still regain some strength. Bill is expected to start gradually weakening tomorrow.

The National Hurricane Center's five-day track shows Bill staying well out to sea and only coming close to landfall in Canada's Maritime Provinces before veering back out into the north Atlantic.

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