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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.