Hurricane Earl Brushes U.S., Weakens on Way to Canada

Tropical storm Earl, which downgraded Friday evening from a monster category 4 hurricane, is now headed towards Atlantic Canada after causing only minimal damage to the East Coast of the United States.

Earl brushed parts of North Carolina and New England on Thursday and Friday, causing power outages for about 3,000 people.

North Carolina's Outer Banks were flooded by 3 feet of water, while Massachusetts and Connecticut received only 3 to 6 inches of rain.

Amtrak cancelled train services between New York and Boston on Friday evening after wires were damaged by falling trees.

"We had a very quiet night," Scott MacLeod, spokesman for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, told CNN. "We had a few road closures and minor power outages."

Earl is currently headed towards Canada at 30 mph, with winds of 70 mph and gusts of up to 85 mph.

Tropical storm watches and warnings are in effect for the Magdalen Islands, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Islands.

Parts of Maine are also under storm warnings.

Earl is the first hurricane to threaten the United States' East Coast in over 15 years, the last one being 1991's Hurricane Bob, which was a Category 3 storm with winds of 115 mph.

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