Arthur Cuts Power in Eastern Canada After Storm Downgraded

Jul 05, 2014 4:13 pm ET

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July 5 (Bloomberg) -- Post-tropical storm Arthur slammed into the Canadian Maritimes, cutting power to thousands and canceling a country music festival on Prince Edward Island.

Electricity was out for about 110,000 customers of New Brunswick Power, the utility company said today on its website. Almost 140,000 were in the dark in Nova Scotia, according to a Twitter post from Nova Scotia Power Outages, a group that tracks power disruptions.

The storm, which made landfall in North Carolina yesterday as a hurricane, was later downgraded by the U.S. National Hurricane Center as sustained winds slowed and Arthur moved up the coast.

Arthur hit Nova Scotia at 6:30 a.m. New York time this morning, according to the Canadian Hurricane Centre. Arthur was moving east with winds of around 60 miles (100 kilometers) an hour about 30 miles southwest of Moncton at 2 p.m., the forecaster said on its website.

The storm will sweep across New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island before moving out into the Gulf of St. Lawrence tonight. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and the Magdalen Islands.

Arthur, the first hurricane to hit the U.S. since 2012, prompted organizers of July 4 fireworks celebrations from Cape Cod to Martha’s Vineyard to cancel or reschedule. A baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles was also delayed.

The organizers of the Cavendish Beach Music Festival on Price Edward Island said on their website that high winds were a safety concern, prompting them to call off today’s performances. They said they’re preparing the venue to open tomorrow.