KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina's popular beach towns are returning to normal but the ocean that was churned by Hurricane Arthur remains dangerous because of powerful rip currents.
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 say about 250,000 customers lost 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, though utility crews in Maine and Vermont are 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.
UPDATE: Tropical Storm Arthur has been downgraded again as it continues to weaken. Click the link on the right to see current hurricane threats.