July 2, 2014 11:25 am

Possible tropical storm in Atlantic Canada forces cancellation of music fest

HALIFAX – The expected arrival of tropical storm Arthur in Atlantic Canada this weekend has forced the cancellation of a popular music festival.

The Stan Rogers Folk Festival in Canso, Nova Scotia, announced it was cancelling the event that was scheduled to begin Friday and continue through the weekend, despite the storm’s still-uncertain track.

Festival artistic director Troy Greencorn says the decision was made because of public safety concerns.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre says the storm is expected to intensify to hurricane strength overnight as it moves northeastward up the East Coast of the United States.

The forecaster says a trough of low pressure will be moving east from the Great Lakes, guiding the storm towards Atlantic Canada.

It says the nature of the trough will affect Arthur’s intensity and path, ranging from direct rain and wind to a well-offshore storm with some rain.

Hurricane watches have been issued for parts of North Carolina’s coast, while tropical storm watches are in effect for parts of Florida and South Carolina.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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