Arthur to Brush by Massachusetts Before Landing on Nova Scotia

Jul 04, 2014 2:47 pm ET

July 4 (Bloomberg) -- Hurricane Arthur swept up the East Coast, delaying fireworks celebrations from Maryland to Maine and postponing a Major League Baseball game, on a path toward a second landfall tomorrow in the Canadian Maritimes.

Arthur will brush past Massachusetts later today and go ashore as a post-tropical storm in southwestern Nova Scotia, lashing New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and parts of Newfoundland with wind and rain as well, according to the Canadian Hurricane Centre.

“You can think of this as a hurricane transforming into a nor’easter type storm,” said Chris Fogarty, manager of the agency in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. “A nor’easter with extra potency.”

Arthur crossed North Carolina’s Outer Banks overnight as a Category 2 hurricane, knocking out power to at least 41,500 customers, flooding downtown Manteo and closing some roads and bridges. No deaths or major damage were reported.

The hurricane, the first to hit the U.S. since 2012, then moved out quickly, leaving clear skies.

“The North Carolina beaches are open for business,” Governor Pat McCrory said at a briefing, while warning people to beware of rip currents.

Arthur was 255 miles (410 kilometers) south of Chatham, Massachusetts, with top winds of 90 miles per hour, as of 2 p.m., the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in an advisory. The storm was moving northeast at 25 mph.

NYC Rain

The storm’s track up the East Coast delayed the passage of a cold front across the eastern U.S. which brought thunderstorms and gusty winds from New England to the mid-Atlantic states. Those storms were expected to move through New York City during the course of the day.

“We’re expecting the rain to be in and out and over in the city by 5 or 6 o’clock,” said Lauren Nash, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Upton, New York.

The Macy’s annual fireworks display was scheduled to start at 9 p.m. The only thing that might affect the show are winds of 15 mph to 25 mph during the night, said Tom Kines, a meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc. in State College, Pennsylvania.

Arthur’s closest approach to the U.S. after leaving North Carolina “is when it passes by Cape Cod tonight,” Kines said. “Then it will head into far eastern Canada, giving them a good punch. It’s going to be a powerful storm for those folks.”

Storm Alerts

A tropical storm warning was posted for most of Cape Cod as well as Nantucket in Massachusetts, according to the U.S. center. Coastal flooding is possible on the Cape Cod peninsula, which juts out into the Atlantic from the mainland.

Today’s baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles was delayed until tomorrow. On Cape Cod, Barnstable canceled its fireworks, set for tonight, while Falmouth rescheduled for July 6. On Martha’s Vineyard, Edgartown moved its parade and fireworks to tomorrow.

As the storm undergoes a transformation near Canada, how it interacts with land will change. The heaviest rain will be over New Brunswick, while the highest winds are expected to rake Nova Scotia, said Bob Robichaud, a meteorologist with Environment Canada.

Nova Scotia may have to endure six or seven hours of high winds, with gusts expected to reach more than 60 mph, enough to damage trees and power lines.

As much as 6 inches (15 centimeters) of rain may fall in parts of New Brunswick, Fogarty said in a conference call with reporters. Some roads may be washed out.

Canada issued warnings for Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick from the U.S. border to Grand-Anse.

Fogarty said the organizers of the Cavendish Beach Music Festival, starting today on Prince Edward Island, were in hourly contact with the Canadian center. Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum are scheduled to perform at the three-day event, which was expected to draw thousands.

“It’s going to be pretty nasty,” Fogarty said.