Arthur lashing Canada, as US communities clean up and resume holiday

KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (AP) — Arthur has been downgraded to a tropical storm, but its winds are still near-hurricane strength as they lash Canada's maritime provinces.

Utilities in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick says about 200,000 customers are without power. The storm also is causing flight delays and cancellations at the region's largest airport in Halifax.

Meanwhile, New England was largely spared from much storm damage spawned, though utility crews in Maine and Vermont have been working to restore power to more than 20,000.

Arthur dumped about 8 inches of rain in parts of southeastern Massachusetts, causing extreme street and area flooding in New Bedford. But the water has receded.

Farther south, North Carolina's popular beach towns are returning to the business of recreation. But the ocean churned by Arthur remains dangerous and lifeguards have had no-swimming warnings posted because of powerful rip currents.

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129-a-13-(Allen Burrus, owner, Burrus Market, in AP interview)-"the rental business"-Market owner Allen Burrus says thousands of vacationers are expected to return to Hatteras Island now. (5 Jul 2014)

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130-a-16-(Allen Burrus, owner, Burrus Market, in AP interview)-"and running yesterday"-Market owner Allen Burrus says Hatteras Island, where his store has been in business since the 1860s, did not receive extensive damage from the hurricane. ((yesterday in cut refers to Friday) (5 Jul 2014)

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131-a-09-(Allen Burrus, owner, Burrus Market, in AP interview)-"through those periods"-Market owner Allen Burrus says losing days during the height of the vacation season would have been bad for his bottom line. (5 Jul 2014)

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128-a-13-(Allen Burrus, owner, Burrus Market, in AP interview)-"miss is hard"-Market owner Allen Burrus says he is happy to learn the only road onto Hatteras Island is re-opening after being damaged by Hurricane Arthur. (5 Jul 2014)

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APPHOTO NY2: This NOAA satellite image taken Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 01:45 PM EDT shows post tropical storm Arthur over the Canadian Maritimes as it brings heavy rain to the north easternmost portions of Maine. The system(backslash)'s trailing frontal boundary stretches back to Florida producing widespread rain and thunderstorms. An area of low pressure over the Middle Mississippi Valley moves into the western portions of the Ohio Valley with rain and scattered thunderstorms. The northeastern United States enjoys sunny skies. (AP Photo/Weather Underground) (5 Jul 2014)

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APPHOTO DD102: Waves crash against rock embankments that protect the Escuminac road against erosion during Tropical storm Arthur in Escuminac, New Brunswick, Saturday, July 5, 2014. Tropical storm Arthur hit Canada's Maritime provinces with near-hurricane strength winds and torrential rains, knocking out power to nearly 200,000 customers. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Diane Doiron) (5 Jul 2014)

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APPHOTO MABED301: A vehicle sits in the flooded waters of the closed Route 18 on Friday, July 4, 2014, in New Bedford, Mass., after heavy rains from Hurricane Arthur. (AP Photo/Standard-Times, David W. Oliveira) (4 Jul 2014)

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APPHOTO USCG101: This Friday, July 4, 2014 aerial photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard shows flooding caused by Hurricane Arthur on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Arthur struck North Carolina as a Category 2 storm with winds of 100 mph late Thursday, taking about five hours to move across the far eastern part of the state. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, Petty Officer 3rd Class David Weydert) (4 Jul 2014)

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