A flurry of weather watches and warnings were issued Saturday as Hurricane Bill moved northward toward the New England coast.
At 11 a.m., the center of the storm was located 435 miles south of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, and about 710 miles south-southwest of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Bill's path is expected to take it within 150 miles of Nantucket, the National Hurricane Center said.
The storm should be most intense between midnight and the predawn hours of Sunday, the governor told reporters in a conference call.
Patrick cautioned boaters to expect high seas and to avoid the area around Cape Cod. Forecasters have warned of dangerous riptides along the New England coast and points north. iReport.com: New York City beaches closed
"Waters will be unsafe even for strong swimmers," the governor warned.
He said advisories will be posted, and beaches on the Cape were closed. He urged residents to stay home.
President Obama and his family are scheduled to arrive Sunday for a vacation at Martha's Vineyard.
"We look forward to welcoming him to Massachusetts as soon as he can safely get here," said Patrick. (see full report at CNN)