A weakening Hurricane Arthur will take one last swipe at the East Coast as it churns past southeastern New England overnight Friday packing tropical storm-force gusts, forecasters say.
Power outages and minor beach erosion are possible as a downgraded Arthur is expected to drop 2 to 3 inches on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Island in Massachusetts, while the Down East coast of Maine could see up to 6 inches of rain, The Weather Channel reported.
Parts of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in Canada are also under tropical storm warnings and watches into Saturday morning.
Arthur has deteriorated to a Category 1 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds around 90 mph, after lashing North Carolina on Thursday night. The first hurricane of the Atlantic season made landfall along the Outer Banks as a Category 2 before moving out Friday morning. It forced a mandatory evacuation along the southern end of the barrier islands, and has left behind a trail of power outages and flooded-out roads. In Hyde County and Ocracoke Island, officials reported downed trees and electrical poles.
But with Arthur safely out of sight, tourists returned to their Fourth of July festivities at North Carolina's beaches: "The umbrellas are going up as we speak right now," Gov. Pat McCrory said. There were no immediate reports of serious storm-related injuries, although officials along the Northeast coastline have warned beachgoers about heavy surf and rip currents.
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New York, New Jersey and Delaware were not in the storm's path, but Lucksinger said it could react with another weather front and bring lashings more rain to that region.