Hurricane Bill weakened slightly to a Category 3 early Thursday -- packing 125 winds -- but forecasters warned the powerful storm could grow stronger by day's end.
The season's first major hurricane posed the most serious and immediate threat to Bermuda. The storm could morph into a Category 4 storm by the end of Thursday or early Friday.
By week's end, a weaker but still formidable Bill also could move close to New England, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.
Though most of the large and dangerous core of the storm was likely to track hundreds of miles from Florida and the Southeast coast, the National Hurricane Center said Bill's impacts will be felt at beaches over the next few days in the form of dangerous surf and rip tides.
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