Arthur to bring rain early Saturday, lots of wind in afternoon, evening

Dave Stewart
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NASA map depicting hurricane Arthur as it tracks up the east coast of the United States towards Atlantic Canada at noon Friday, July 4.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre (CTC) says P.E.I. can expect between 40 and 50 millimetres of rain Saturday and winds with gusts to 90 or 100 km/h.

Hurricane Arthur was 530 kilometres southwest of Massachusetts at 1 p.m. today and is moving at 40 km/h.

It’s expected to hit P.E.I. early Saturday morning as a strong tropical storm.

Chris Fogarty, program manager with the CTC, says the worst of the rainfall will occur early Saturday, with a good two-hour downpour in the morning.

Prince County is expected to receive the worst of the rain while the entire province can expect winds gusting to 90 or 100 km/h.

The strongest winds will occur over the province during Saturday afternoon and evening.

While it won’t be anything like the infamous hurricane Juan in 2003, Fogarty said it will resemble hurricane Earle which hit the Maritimes in 2010.

The storm is hitting on one of the province’s biggest tourism weekends with the Cavendish Beach Music Festival underway today.

Fogarty said Environment Canada is in constant contact with CBMF organizers, with conversations taking place every hour.

Maritime Electric said Friday afternoon that a scheduled power outage for the eastern portion of P.E.I. — from Stratford to the east coast — has been postponed.


Organizations: Canadian Hurricane Centre

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island East Coast United States North Carolina Atlantic Southern Gulf Saint Lawrence New Jersey Canso

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  • don
    July 04, 2014 - 14:06

    why is the minister of the EMO PEI not telling islanders how to prepare for this weather. how many islanders even know what EMO stands for? do they know how oi find the web site? and how to build a 72 hour kit with little money, no need to buy a kit from any place you have most everything you need t home just that you do not know it. this link will give you a good tart. as they say are you prepared for 72 hours?

    • Storm chaser
      July 04, 2014 - 15:54

      I don't understand why they didn't put off the music fest.going to be a lot of angry people if not is still has gusts to 115 M.P.H. At 38.5 N,72.4 os turning east but seems to be following the coast.attraction of the hot weather you have had. Everyone should be prepaired.I think they are taking this to lightly there.

    • don
      July 04, 2014 - 19:05

      storm chaser. i wonder if we get lighting with this storm and we will where is the big shots going to be during the concert if people are hurt? and where is everyone going to go? the beer tent? the owners will be in hiding as they do not want to get hurt. but you ask put off he concert well remember my saying money before a life.

    • huh
      July 05, 2014 - 19:01

      so Don, since the concert for Saturday has been cancelled, you got the balls to say" well done" to the organizers? Do you have it in you to say, "I guess they did NOT put money before a life?"