Hurricane Kyle heads toward Nova Scotia, could miss Maine

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MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- The center of Hurricane Kyle looked Sunday afternoon as if it would miss Maine but hit Nova Scotia, Canada, by early Monday, forecasters said.

Kyle, which formed Thursday east of the Bahamas, was moving north Sunday afternoon.

Canadian authorities at 2 p.m. ET issued a hurricane warning for Digby, Yarmouth and Shelburne counties in southwestern Nova Scotia. At the same time, forecasters discontinued a hurricane watch for Maine, though a tropical storm warning was in effect from Stonington eastward to Eastport.

A tropical storm warning also was in effect for southern New Brunswick, Canada, and the remainder of southwestern Nova Scotia.

Kyle, a Category 1 hurricane, is forecast to make landfall in Nova Scotia late Sunday or early Monday. Category 1 hurricanes have sustained winds of 74-95 mph (119-153 kph). See where the storm is going

As of 2 p.m. ET Sunday, Kyle's center was about 225 miles (362 kilometers) southeast of Portland, Maine, and 230 miles (370 kilometers) southwest of Halifax, Nova Scotia, the National Hurricane Center said.

Kyle's maximum sustained winds at 2 p.m. ET were near 80 mph (129 kph) with higher gusts, the hurricane center said.

The storm's winds have strengthened since Saturday night, when it had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, forecasters said. The storm formed Thursday east of the Bahamas. Watch Kyle's waves batter boats »

Kyle was moving north-northeast at near 24 mph (39 kph), and was expected "to pass east of the coast of Maine later today and tonight," the hurricane center said.

The storm could dump up to 4 inches of rain in New England, with isolated amounts of up to 6 inches possible in some places through Monday.