‘Arthur’ to impact Maritimes
HALIFAX—Forecasters say the season’s first hurricane is expected to bring significant rain and wind to Atlantic Canada on Saturday, although it’s too early to tell exactly which areas will be hit the hardest.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says “Arthur” became a hurricane early today, with maximum sustained winds of about 120 km/h.
“The nature of the trough approaching from the Great Lakes will make all the difference in Arthur’s intensity, track, and structure as it moves toward our region,” the hurricane centre said in its latest statement this morning.
The centre said the storm’s projected track has been moved slightly to the west.
It noted Nova Scotia likely will experience the highest winds while New Brunswick and P.E.I. could see the heaviest rainfall.
The forecast said anywhere from 50-100 mm could fall.
In the United States, Arthur threatened to give North Carolina a glancing blow tomorrow—prompting thousands of vacationers and residents celebrating Independence Day to leave parts of the state’s popular but flood-prone Outer Banks.
Forecasters expect Arthur to whip past the Outer Banks—a 320-km string of narrow barrier islands with about 57,000 permanent residents—tomorrow without making landfall.
But it still will bring rain, heavy winds, storm surge, and dangerous rip tides.
Before the storm hit, tourism officials had expected 250,000 people to travel to the Outer Banks for the holiday weekend.
Gov. Pat McCrory warned people not to risk their safety by trying to salvage their picnics, barbecues, and pre-paid beach cottage vacations.
“Don’t put your stupid hat on,” McCrory stressed.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center predicted Arthur would swipe the North Carolina coast early tomorrow and then be off the coast of New England later in the day.
It eventually will make landfall in the Maritime provinces as a tropical storm.