Hurricane Arthur is now a Post-Tropical Cyclone
POSTED: Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 4:30pm
UPDATED: Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 4:42pm
BROWNSVILLE (NEWS CENTER 23) — Hurricane Arthur is thankfully losing speed and energy as it continues to move north along the east coast.
On Friday evening, Arthur briefly made landfall in North Carolina leaving power outages and flooding in its wake but little damage otherwise.
After gaining enough energy on Thursday and turning into a Category 2 hurricane, Arthur weakened quickly back to a Category 1 hurricane on Friday, with 90 mile-per-hour winds.
Arthur which is now a post-tropical storm, was centered near Moncton in New Brunswick after making a second landfall in Canada on Saturday afternoon, according to Environment Canada's Canadian Hurricane Centre.
More than 141,000 customers in Nova Scotia and 110,000 in New Brunswick were left without power due to strong winds and heavy rain, which are expected to continue over parts of southeastern Canada through Saturday night.
According to the Hurricane Center, the intense storm is expected to move eastward to Northumberland Strait and toward the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence Saturday evening.
Maximum sustained winds were about 62 mph Saturday. This is compared to the top sustained winds of 100 mph which earned Arthur a Category 2 status on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale on Thursday when it first made landfall.
It weakened to a Category 1 as it moved northeast into colder waters of the Atlantic Ocean with 90-mph top sustained winds on Friday.