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Weakened Hurricane Arthur takes aim at US resort areas of Nantucket, Cape Cod

Published on Jul 5, 2014 10:52 AM
Jack Segar (right) and Finn Harden run across a deserted sandbar beach outside Barnstable Harbor as storm clouds associated with Tropical Storm Arthur pass over Cape Cod Bay behind them in Barnstable, Massachusetts on July 4, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BOSTON (REUTERS) - A weakened but fast-moving Hurricane Arthur swept into southern New England on Friday night, wielding tropical storm-force winds, after an earlier landfall in North Carolina that caused only slight damage.

The Massachusetts summer resort areas of Nantucket and Cape Cod, popular destinations for visitors over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, were issued tropical storm warnings by the US National Hurricane Centre (NHC), which predicted powerful winds and several inches of rain.

"It will certainly have some impact for southern New England," said John Cangialosi, an NHC meteorologist. "It's very tricky conditions there for the Fourth."

Offshore and moving northeast quickly, Arthur was expected to bring rain and winds of tropical storm strength, or 39 to 73 miles per hour (63 to 117 kph), to the Massachusetts coast, the centre said.

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