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Merrimack Valley

July 5, 2014

Arthur brings headaches in New England

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine and New Hampshire braced for potential flooding from Hurricane Arthur while Vermont regained electricity after a series of powerful storms lashed the state. And communities across the region rescheduled July 4 plans because of the bad weather.

Portland postponed its Independence Day concert and fireworks until today, while Augusta pushed its fireworks back to Aug. 2. Belfast resident Sheila Dassatt said she had hoped to attend a lobster boat race in Jonesport but it was pushed back to tomorrow.

“We normally get out for this,” Dassatt said. “It’s just been one of those weekends. We’ll see how things look on Sunday.”

Southeast New Hampshire and southern Maine were under flash flood watches until 8 a.m. today, and Arthur was expected to take heavy bands of rain to both states, National Weather Service forecaster Chris Kimble said. Coastal areas were under a high surf advisory from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, he said.

“Anybody going to the beach (today) should be alert for that,” he said.

Flash flood advisories and warnings were issued for southeastern sections of Massachusetts and coastal Rhode Island, including Providence.

Though Arthur proved to be far less damaging than feared, it left tens of thousands of people without power yesterday in a swipe at North Carolina’s Outer Banks and brought lousy Fourth of July beach weather to the Northeast as it veered out to sea.

Storms caused tens of thousands of power outages in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont from Thursday night into this morning.

Green Mountain Power in Vermont reported more than 2,500 customers were still without power yesterday afternoon after the storms. More than 20,000 customers’ power was restored overnight, the utility said, and more than 1,000 others were restored during the day yesterday. Most of the outages should be resolved by late yesterday, but some could linger to today, the utility said.

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