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Hurricane Arthur prompts tropical storm warning for Nantucket Island and parts of Cape Cod

MIAMI - Forecasters have issued tropical storm warnings for Nantucket Island and parts of Cape Cod in Massachusetts as Hurricane Arthur approaches.

A forecast map from the National Hurricane Center in Miami indicates that the centre of the storm isn't likely to pass New England until early Saturday.

Arthur is expected to grow to a Category 2 storm with winds of 96 mph (155 kph)before it passes over or near the North Carolina coast by early Friday.

On Thursday afternoon, the storm was a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 90 mph (150 kph). Its centre was located about 185 miles (300 km) southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

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