Hurricane ~FIRST NAME1~ weakened and became a ~ADJECTIVE1~ storm Friday night as it moved east of Cape Cod, the National Hurricane Center said.
As of 11 p.m., Tropical Storm ~FIRST NAME1~ was about 90 miles (150 km) south-southeast of ~CITY1~, Massachusetts. It was moving northeast at about 25 mph (41 kph) and packed winds of 70 mph (110 kph).
A ~NOUN1~ warning that had been in effect for the area from Woods Hole, Massachusetts to Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts — including Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Island — has been changed to a ~ADJECTIVE2~ storm warning, the hurricane center said.
A hurricane watch is now in effect for Nova Scotia, Canada, from Ecum Secum westward to Digby.
Five ~ADJECTIVE3~ shelters were set up on Cape Cod, including at Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, according to ~JOB1~ Donna Morrissey.
Massachusetts Gov. ~FRIEND’S NAME1~ warned of rip tides, strong currents and tropical storm-force winds around Cape Cod peaking until 2 a.m. ET Saturday.
“We are well prepared,” he said, with extra ~FOOD1~ supplies on Cape Cod, as well as extra power line repair crews and debris clearance teams on standby.
Ferry service to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard was curtailed ahead of the storm.
Earlier, a relieved North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue said her state had apparently “dodged the bullet” from Hurricane ~FIRST NAME1~. No fatalities had been reported, and there seemed to be minimal damage from the storm, she said.
Southern North Carolina’s beaches, she was quick to point out, “will be open for ~ACTIVITY1~ this Labor Day weekend.”