Hurricane Arthur passes off the coast of Mass.

Category 2 storm expected to weaken to Category 1 before passing near Nantucket

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – 22News is continuing to track Hurricane Arthur, which has passed by the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and Cape Cod, and working its way up the northeast.

At 10:45 p.m. Friday, Arthur was located miles south/southeast of Chatham, Mass. Cape Cod and Nantucket have tropical storm-force winds of about 35-50 miles per hour. Strong rip currents and heavy downpours also happened, with 3-5” of rain possible in portions of eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Arthur was closest to the Cape and Islands between 9:00 p.m. to midnight Friday night. Heavy rain, high surf and some gusty winds along coastal Rhode Island, the Cape and the Islands. The hurricane is expected to leave the Massachusetts coast by day break Saturday morning.

There were severe flash flooding in southeastern Massachusetts, including New Bedford & Plymouth, with over 6″ of rain Friday. Coastal flooding was possible along some of the beaches, but conditions will rapidly improve as we go through Saturday morning.

The “eye” of Arthur did not pass over land here in New England, however tropical storm wind gusts did impact coastal areas. Rip currents are likely Saturday on Massachusetts and Rhode Island beaches.

Arthur, which had reached Category 2 status, weakened to a Category 1 hurricane mid-morning. It stayed a Category 1 storm as it passes about 50 miles off the coast of Nantucket Friday night.

As a result of the chance for heavy rain, several Fourth of July events were postponed or cancelled. The Star Spangled Springfield fireworks display, which was scheduled for Friday night, has been moved to the night of Saturday, July 5. The pre-fireworks entertainment has been called off, however. Fireworks displays in Amherst and South Hadley have also been moved to Saturday night.

Shelburne Falls’ Independence Day parade and barbecue has been moved from Friday to Saturday, while East Longmeadow’s annual 4th of July Parade has been cancelled.

You can track Hurricane Arthur’s path yourself with our tropical tracker tool.

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