HALIFAX, Nova Scotia – Arthur was moving across Newfoundland on Sunday a day after striking Canada’s Maritime provinces with near-hurricane strength winds and torrential rains, knocking down trees and leaving tens of thousands of people without power.
Environment Canada lifted all storm warnings in the Atlantic region in the wake of the potent storm.
“The storm has weakened significantly from 12 hours ago,” said Chris Fogarty, manager of the Halifax, Nova Scotia-based Canadian Hurricane Centre. “Most of the impacts are over, with just a few heavy showers lingering in Newfoundland. They do have some gusty winds there, but nothing like we saw yesterday.”
Forecasters predicted winds of up to 43.5 mph would linger around Cape Breton on Sunday, but only 0.2 to 0.4 inches of rainfall was expected for Newfoundland.
Arthur had been downgraded from a hurricane to a post-tropical storm Saturday morning before it slammed into Atlantic Canada, but the storm still packed a punch, drenching parts of New Brunswick and knocking out power to more than 250,000 customers at its peak intensity.
The strongest wind gusts were recorded Saturday in Greenwood, Nova Scotia, at 86 mph – the equivalent of a Category 1 hurricane, the Canadian Hurricane Centre said. The storm caused flight cancellations and delays at the region’s largest airport in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
New Brunswick experienced the most severe rainfall, leading to localized flooding in cities such as Saint John and Fredericton, but none of the larger rivers rose to dangerous levels.
Crews were working Sunday to restore power to nearly 140,000 customers in New Brunswick and more than 90,000 in Nova Scotia. Prince Edward Island’s power utility estimates nearly 5,000 customers were without power.