Hurricane Bill Causes High Surf on the East Coast

August 22, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The tropical weather is staying offshore for now, but it's churning hard and causing trouble.The view from space shows the enormity of Hurricane Bill.

"You have a large spread out storm and this is the nature of a lot of Atlantic hurricanes," said Accuweather Meteorologist Joe Bastardi.

Fortunately the center of the storm, and most of its destructive power has remained off shore. Bill passed off the coast of Bermuda sending huge waves crashing on to beaches. Though residents suffered power outages and minor flooding, there were no casualties, or major damage

"We came out this morning just to kind of walk around and get some fresh air. We've got no electricity," said Bermuda Resident Wendy Davis.

Though Bill is expected to miss the U.S. mainland, beaches along the East Coast began preparing for his side effects Friday. Many are closed to swimmers from New York's Long Island through New England. The high waves are a favorite of adventurous suffers, but the rip currents generated by a hurricane are particularly dangerous.

What began in the Northeast as an inconvenience to beach goers is expected to end with heavy rains and sustained winds of between 30 to 50 miles-per-hour along the Massachusetts shoreline. Bill is expected to make landfall some place near or just east of Halifax and move quickly across the southern part of Nova Scotia. Residents there are making last minute preparations for Bill's unwelcome arrival.

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