Remnants of Arthur blow through Canadian Maritimes

This Tuesday, July 1, 2014, satellite image released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows the center of Tropical Storm Arthur off the east coast of Florida. With the July Fourth weekend on the horizon, the Atlantic hurricane season's first named storm plodded off Florida's coast early Wednesday, though Tropical Storm Arthur wasn't yet spooking too many in the storm's potential path. (AP Photo/NOAA)

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — Arthur hit Canada’s Maritime provinces with near-hurricane strength winds and torrential rains, knocking out power to nearly 200,000 customers.

Canadian Hurricane Centre spokesman Chris Fogarty said Saturday that winds are easing, but more rainfall is predicted for already drenched southwestern New Brunswick.

Arthur was downgraded to a post-tropical storm on Saturday morning as it hit the Maritimes.

Nova Scotia Power says 113,000 of its customers were without power late Saturday morning, while the utility in New Brunswick reports 86,000 outages.

The storm has caused flight cancellations and delays at the region’s largest airport in Halifax.

Environment Canada measured wind gusts topping 72 mph (116 kph)  in Halifax, while more than 4 inches (110 millimeters) of rain had already fallen on parts of southwestern New Brunswick.

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