Bill Downgraded, Leaves Two Dead on East Coast

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Hurricane Bill's strength and speed have diminished. In fact, Bill is no longer a hurricane, but forecasters say it now just a tropical storm. 

The storm moved out into the North Atlantic ocean Monday, but is expected to produce storms and gale force winds over the next few days.

Over the weekend, Bill's rough waters took two lives in the U.S. One of the hurricane's large waves swept over a group of sea-watchers at Acadia National Park's Thunder Hole in Maine. The U.S. Coast Guard reported the waves swept over 20 people and pulled them out to sea.

A seven-year-old girl, visiting from New York, died after the Coast Guard pulled her from the water. She was sightseeing with her father along with other tourists who often gather at the site to watch the waves.

James Kaiser, a resident of a nearby town, was taking photographs when the tragic scene unfolded.

"I could see two people's heads bobbing in the water," Kaiser said.  He said the strong current quickly took them away the shore.

Hurricane Bill is also blamed for the death of a 54-year-old swimmer in New Smyrna Beach, Fla.

The system still carried winds near 70 mph early Monday. Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center predicted the storm would continue to weaken as it moves from the Canadian coast.

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