Saturday, July 5, 2014

Hurricane Arthur weakens to a post-tropical storm

Jeff Lawson and Craig Moeller in USA Today: Hurricane Arthur continued to weaken across New England and Canada Saturday after causing some damage on North Carolina's barrier islands.

On North Carolina's barrier islands, people hoped to salvage the rest of the holiday weekend despite some flooding and power outages. Arthur made landfall on the southern end of the barrier islands Thursday with sustained winds up to 100 mph.

Arthur was downgraded to a post-tropical storm Saturday with maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour, according to an advisory from the National Hurricane Center. Arthur was moving at about 22 mph and located about 65 miles southwest of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

New England was largely spared from damage spawned by the storm. In its daily report FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) said it had no reports of injuries, deaths or major damage, and no state had requested federal assistance. Early Monday morning, FEMA had reports of 22,000 homes and businesses without power, including 3,000 in Massachusetts and 15,000 in Maine. Massachusetts reported 261 people in shelters.

There were reports of localized flooding in coastal areas of Massachusetts and the Nova Star Ferry suspended service Friday and Saturday morning because of dangerous seas. No injuries or deaths have been reported....

Satellite image of Arthur on July 3, 2014

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