Two die on East Coast during Hurricane Bill

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Hurricane Bill has been downgraded to a tropical storm, with maximum sustained winds nearing 70 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm has been blamed for the deaths of at least two people in the U.S., according to news reports.

A 7-year-old girl died in Maine after she and more than 20 others were swept into the water off Acadia National Park’s Thunder Hole, according to an article in The New York Times. In New Smyrna Beach, Fla., a 54-year-old swimmer died after he was washed ashore unconscious near rough waves fueled by Bill.

As of early this morning, the center of the storm was located about 190 northeast of Cape Race, Newfoundland. Bill is moving east-northeast at nearly 43 mph.

“Even though Bill is no longer a tropical cyclone, it is expected to produce a large area of storm and gale-force winds over the North Atlantic during the next day or two,” according to the National Hurricane Center. Tropical-storm force winds extend up to 315 miles from the center of the storm.

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