Arthur weakening, downgraded to tropical storm

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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MANTEO, N.C. (AP) -- Hurricane Arthur has been downgraded to a tropical storm as it churns north toward Canada.

The storm's winds weakened to 70 mph (110 kph) Saturday morning. Arthur was moving at about 22 mph and located about 65 miles southwest of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, from the U.S.-Canada border to Grand-Anse.

Arthur previously swiped North Carolina's barrier islands without causing major damage or injuries. The only highway between Hatteras Island and the mainland was washed out, and officials hoped to reopen it sometime Saturday.

Rain from Hurricane Arthur disrupted some New York-area Independence Day celebrations but cleared in time for the nation's largest fireworks display in the East River between Manhattan and Brooklyn.


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