TRURO - A weakening hurricane Bill spun northward Saturday, churning up rough seas, creating dangerous rip tides and closing beaches to swimmers up and down the eastern seaboard.
Earlier in the week the hurricane was listed as a Category 4. Late Saturday afternoon, it was being downgraded to a strong Category 1 and was expected to pass the mainland well off New England. Bill was still packing high winds and waves that had safety officials urging extreme caution.
The storm is expected to reach Canadian waters early Sunday, and the Canadian Hurricane Center on Saturday issued a hurricane watch for areas of Nova Scotia, where winds speeds could hit 74 mph (120 kph) with gusts of 87 mph (140 kph). Heavy rainfall is still expected, with flooding in low-lying areas.