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Mass. Officials Prepare For Hurricane Bill Impact

As Hurricane Bill continues to move in the Atlantic, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency has held a series of conference calls with the National Weather Service and local communities on Cape Cod and the islands.

Forecasters said Hurricane Bill might have some impact on the Eastern seaboard this weekend including high seas, strong winds and rain.

"Certainly an impact along the coast with very high winds very high waves certainly a storm surge can be an issue so its something that continues to concern us," said MEMA spokesman Peter Judge.

State emergency and national weather officials are planning to hold more conference calls with local communities over the next few days.

"We are working with communities to make sure they have their ducks in a row. Everyone is assessing what their needs are from the state level as well to see what we have to do to assist those communities if in fact this event exceeds their capabilities," he said.

This program aired on August 20, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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