Sunday, September 28, 2008

Hurricane Kyle strengthens, heads towards landfall near Maine-Canada border

WASHINGTON, Sept 28 (KUNA) -- Hurricane Kyle strengthened Sunday as churned its forceful winds and pounding rain towards Maine and Canada, forecasters said.

Kyle, the 11th storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, carried sustained winds of 80 miles an hour with higher gusts upgrading it to a Category one storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, the US National Hurricane Center said.

A hurricane watch was in place for southwestern Nova Scotia and tropical storm warnings were issued for eastern parts of Maine, as it treks north-northeast at 24 miles per hour over the open Atlantic ocean. The system is expected to weaken as it approaches cold Canadian waters, the Miami-based center said.
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