, Newburyport, MA

September 4, 2010

Earl fizzles; beaches reopen

— The expected brush with Hurricane Earl proved to be more of a light tap, as the once-powerful hurricane weakened and drifted east as it pushed north last night, bringing little more than a rain storm locally.

Salisbury State Reservation reopened this morning to campers and swimmers, though some restrictions remained on swimming due to potential ripcurrents and high surf.

Locally, under an inch of rainfall was recorded and winds gusted to only 20 miles per hour between 2 and 3 a.m.

By the time the center of the hurricane passed by Cape Cod last night in the early morning hours, it had been downgraded to a tropical storm. Cape Cod received several inches of rain and wind gusts nearing 50 miles per hour. There were some scattered power outages in Southern New Hampshire.

Newburyport police said there were no issues in the city in light of the storm. It appeared there was little erosion at Plum Island.

A two-alarm fire was reported in Salisbury last night shorltly before midnight. The fire department would not provide any details, but according to scanner reports the fire was two alarms.