Arthur hits eastern Canada, causes power outages

UNITED STATES - JULY 2: In this handout provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from the GOES-East satellite, Tropical Storm Arthur travels up the east coast of the United States in the Atlantic Ocean pictured at 19:45 UTC/GMT on July 2, 2014. According to reports, Arthur, now with maximum sustaned winds of 70 mph, has begun moving steadily northward is expected to strike the North Carolina Outer Banks over the Fourth of July holiday. Arthur is expected to become a hurricane by July 3.   (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images) (Handout, 2014 NOAA)
Tropical Storm Arthur Threatens North Carolina's Outer Banks (Handout, 2014 NOAA)
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Updated: 7/05 2:33 pm

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — Arthur hit Canada's Maritime provinces with near-hurricane strength winds and torrential rains, knocking out power to nearly 200,000 customers.

Canadian Hurricane Centre spokesman Chris Fogarty said Saturday that winds are easing, but more rainfall is predicted for already drenched southwestern New Brunswick.

Arthur was downgraded to a post-tropical storm Saturday morning as it hit the Maritimes.

Nova Scotia Power says 113,000 of its customers were without power late Saturday morning, while the utility in New Brunswick reports 86,000 outages.

The storm has caused flight cancellations and delays at the region's largest airport in Halifax.

Environment Canada measured wind gusts topping 72 mph in Halifax, while more than 4 inches of rain had already fallen on parts of southwestern New Brunswick.

 

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