White House Keeps Eye on Hurricane Bill
The second Atlantic hurricane of the season is headed toward the United States, and is expected to head in the direction of Martha's Vineyard this weekend before being pushed out to sea.
That's where Obama is headed, too. The First Family is expected to fly up to the area and then take a helicopter over to the island on Sunday. But Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said those plans may change.
"The president has obviously been getting regular briefings," Gibbs said. "We are obviously watching that.... It's certainly a possibility and we're watching."
Earlier, Gibbs said the president is being briefed about the possible damage that the hurricane could do to other parts of the Eastern seaboard.
"Certainly it's our hope that the storm will avoid reaching the United States and turn back out into the Atlantic. I anticipate, as we've talked about in here, there will be a busy hurricane season and that we'll continue to monitor throughout that time," he said.
Posted at 2:57 PM ET on Aug 21, 2009
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