Bermuda placed on alert as Hurricane Bill advances
Agence France-Presse
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2009-08-22 12:06 AM
Bermuda was on alert yesterday as Hurricane Bill approached, spinning off life-threatening ocean swells in Puerto Rico and the island of Hispaniola and threatening to regain Category Four status.

A "large and powerful" Category Three storm, Bill was expected to pass over the open waters between the United States and Bermuda early yesterday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

At 11:00 p.m. (GMT) Thursday, Bill's eye was 510 miles (825km) south of Bermuda, and 975 miles (1,470 km) southeast of the U.S. coastline at Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, the NHC said.

The first hurricane of the Atlantic season was moving towards the northwest at 18 miles (30 km) per hour, and was forecast to gradually turn north roughly parallel to the U.S. east coast.

Projections show it passing within 340 miles (545 km) of Boston on Sunday morning before veering to the northeast up the Canadian coast.

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