Hurricane Arthur is gone, but what's left of it is still causing plenty of weather problems for Maine and Nova Scotia. Now classified as a post-tropical cyclone, Arthur has been absorbed into a low-pressure trough, but still was packing 65 mile per hour winds as of Saturday morning when it made landfall in Nova Scotia.
Now that Arthur is gone clean-up efforts are under way in the hardest areas. Highway 12, which is the main escape route from North Carolina's Outer Banks suffered heavy damage but road crews were able to quickly make it passable. Governor Pat McCrory announced at a press conference on Friday that the area's famous beaches would be open for business for the rest of the holiday weekend, although strong rip currents could pose a threat to swimmers. The best news is that there were no serious injuries blamed on the storm. However, there is always the possibility of people being injured during cleanup operations.
With Arthur out of the picture, NHC forecasters are turning their attention back to the routine work of tracking tropical waves and potentially disturbed areas of weather that might develop into tropical weather systems. In the Saturday afternoon tropical weather discussion, the NHC says they are tracking an upper level troughs in the far western Gulf of Mexico and in the Caribbean. The trough in the Caribbean stretches from Haiti all the way to Panama. Hispaniola is getting rain from isolated showers with favorable convective conditions.
The Atlantic has a variety of areas that forecasters are watching, but none of them show no immediate signs of developing into tropical systems. The hurricane breeding ground is quiet enough for the NHC to say in the Saturday Atlantic tropical weather outlook that tropical cyclone formation is not expected over the next five days.