Post-tropical cyclone Arthur, downgraded from a hurricane, is pelting the Maine coast and expected to scrape across eastern Canada on Saturday, The Weather Channel reported. Arthur, moving north-northeast at about 23 mph, still carries maximum sustained winds of 65 mph and heavy amounts of rainfall. Its center is located 50 miles north-northwest of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, in Canada. Tropical storm warnings remained in effect for Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and parts of New Brunswick, while rip currents continue to pose a threat along the East Coast.
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As of Friday night, fewer than 9,000 homes and businesses remained without power in North Carolina, according to NBC affiliate WITN. No casualties were reported in North Carolina and crews have already begun to repair the damage from the storm. Parts of Massachusetts are also recovering from major flooding when Arthur dumped up to 10 inches of rain in some towns, reported Boston-based NBC affiliate WHDH. Arthur is the first hurricane to make landfall since Isaac hit Louisiana in 2012, and the first storm of Category 2 strength or higher to come across the U.S. since Hurricane Ike in 2008.
First published July 5 2014, 7:58 AM