Hurricane May Foul Obamas' Vacation

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 22, 2009 10:46 AM CDT
A satellite image of Hurricane Bill Saturday morning.   (AP Photo/NOAA)
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(Newser) – Hurricane Bill prompted tropical storm warnings for parts of the East Coast today, including President Obama's planned vacation spot of Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts. The storm isn't expected to hit the mainland, but it could bring "extremely dangerous surf and life-threatening rip currents," warn meteorologists. The Obamas are due to arrive tomorrow.

Bill had winds of 100 mph today after blowing into Bermuda, where it shut the airport and caused flooding. No casualties have been reported. A tropical storm warning could mean winds of at least 40mph. “I don’t know (the president's) plans,’’ Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick told the Boston Globe. "I do know that he has access to pretty good information, and I’m sure they’ll take safety into account."