- Title: USA: Depleted storm soaks Massachusetts coast
- Date: 5th September 2010
- Summary: CHATHAM, MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 3, 2010) (REUTERS) (NIGHT SHOTS) VARIOUS OF LIGHTHOUSE AND RAIN SEEN FALLING HURRICANE FLAGS FLYING ON MAST SEEN AS LIGHT FROM LIGHTHOUSE SHINES UPON THEM WIDE OF LIGHT HOUSE TREE BLOWING IN WIND AND RAIN "NO SWIMMING" SYMBOL ON FLAG FLYING IN WIND VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WALKING ON BEACH DURING STORM (SOUNDBITE) (English) STEVE MEICHT, WEATHER STUDENT, SAYING: "I know. I love a big storm. I came all the way from Albany, New York. I'm a weather student at the SUNY (State University of New York) Albany campus, and I'm having a great time. I'm soaking wet." RAIN BLOWING IN WIND AND FLAG BLOWING WIDE OF PEOPLE ON BEACH AND LIGHTHOUSE
- Embargoed: 20th September 2010 13:00
- Location: Usa
- Country: USA
- Topics: Weather
- Reuters ID: LVABEYOM70JOOZVPOLF52AHFGNWB
- Story Text: Hurricane Earl was downgraded to a tropical storm on Friday (September 3), weakening as it swirled up the U.S. eastern seaboard, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
The storm, which earlier had been a major hurricane, was now packing sustained winds of 70 mph (110 kph), the Miami-based hurricane center said.
The storm is not forecast to make U.S. landfall, but was passing near Massachusetts' Cape Cod late Friday and was expected to hit the coast of Nova Scotia on Saturday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
The center warned that Earl -- though no longer packing the power of its former ranking as a fearsome Category 4 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale -- remained a threat.
Nevertheless, some thrill-seekers went to the beach to feel the storm's power. Steve Meicht is a 27-year-old meteorological student from New York. He traveled to Chatham on Cape Cod to experience Earl.
"I love a big storm. I came all the way from Albany, New York. I'm a weather student at the SUNY (State University of New York) Albany campus, and I'm having a great time. I'm soaking wet," Meicht said.
The U.S. Coast Guard closed all ports in southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island until the storm passed.
The U.S. Census Bureau estimated 26 million people in coastal counties from North Carolina to Maine could feel Earl's effects by the weekend. No storm has threatened such a broad swath of the U.S. shoreline since Hurricane Bob in 1991.
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