Here comes Arthur

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If all works out as predicted, what remains of the first named hurricane of the season will make its way across the island portion of the province this weekend.

Arthur made its way up the east coast of the United States all week after being born in the warm waters of the Carribean.

It’s expected the storm will be much weakened by the time it finishes its trip north and hits Newfoundland. But nobody should be fooled by the term “post-tropical” hurricane.

Most of the hurricanes that roll over this province are post-tropical, but that doesn’t mean it can’t cause serious trouble.

In fact, most of the hurricanes that have caused millions of dollars in damage to Newfoundland have been labelled post-tropical.

The worst was Igor and we all remember the damage that storm wraught on the east coast of the province — it can still be seen in some places still.

Closer to home, just ask some unfortunated people all along this coast how quickly flooding can overwhelm a community that doesn’t take preventitive measures.

That means residents should be prepared for the worst from what’s left or Arthur.

The preparations may be for naught — we all hope — but that’s a small price to pay for being ready for the worst.

All residents should get out early today and clean up their yards. Take in or secure all outdoor furniture, barbecues and the like. Safely store anything that can be blown around and cause damage.

Also, clear out drains and ditches. Make sure eve troughs and downspouts aren’t blocked.

This storm could easily fizzle and turn out to be nothing, but investing a few minutes in preparation is a small investment that could pay big dividents.

We’ve seen what damage these nasty storms can bring with them — both big and small.

Geographic location: Newfoundland, United States

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