BOSTON (CBS/AP) – After brushing Massachusetts on Friday, Arthur was downgraded to a tropical storm early Saturday and its winds weakened to 70 mph (110 kph) as continued moving north. Arthur was moving at about 22 mph and located about 65 miles southwest of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

Arthur did far less damage than anticipated, but it still left thousands of people without power and dumped lousy Fourth of July beach weather in the Northeast.

Much of the South Coast including neighborhoods in New Bedford saw basement and street flooding.

In Massachusetts, as of Saturday morning, only a about 8,600 people remained without power, with most of them on Cape Cod and Nantucket.

Tropical storm force winds, of 49 mph, were reported in Nantucket and Nantucket Sound as of 9 p.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service. There had been some flooding on the state’s roadways due to the storm, but most of it subsided by early Friday evening.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports

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