Weakening Hurricane Kyle batters Nova Scotia

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Hurricane Kyle was battering the shores of Canadian province Nova Scotia on Sunday evening, and was expected to pass over New Brunswick, Canada, in the night, forecasters said.

But Kyle -- whose center was just off Nova Scotia's western tip at 8 p.m. AT -- was barely hanging onto hurricane strength, and with forecasters predicting some weakening, it wasn't clear whether Kyle still would be a hurricane over New Brunswick.

Kyle's center spared Maine, but with tropical-storm force winds of more than 39 mph (62 kph) extending across the Bay of Fundy, part of the state was under a tropical storm warning.

Maine's coast was getting hit by heavy rain for the third straight day, causing some road flooding, according to The Associated Press.

Kyle at one time was forecast to hit Maine more forcefully.

"This was a run-of-the-mill storm. It had the potential to be a real problem and it all sort of went away. That shift to the east did wonders for Maine," Michael Hinerman, director of the Washington County Emergency Management Agency, told the AP.

Kyle at 8 p.m. ET was just north of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, and had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph), according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida. Category 1 hurricanes have sustained winds of 74-95 mph (119-153 kph).

The storm was heading north toward New Brunswick, and gradual weakening was expected over the next 24 hours, the hurricane center said.

A hurricane warning was in effect for Digby, Yarmouth and Shelburne counties in southwestern Nova Scotia. A tropical storm warning was in effect for southern New Brunswick, Canada, the remainder of southwestern Nova Scotia, and in Maine from Stonington eastward to Eastport.

The storm formed Thursday east of the Bahamas.

The storm could dump up to 4 inches of rain in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and extreme eastern Maine, with isolated amounts of up to 6 inches possible in some places through Monday morning, the hurricane center said.