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Earl kills 1 in Canada, loses strength
Sun, 05 Sep 2010 12:23:18 GMT
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Waves from the now downgraded Hurricane Earl pound the coast of Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia on Saturday.
Earl has killed one person and caused power outages affecting almost one million people in Canada, before losing its tropical storm status.

The center of the storm made landfall south of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia around 1400 GMT on Saturday, but was later downgraded to winds of about 83 km/h (51 mph), according to the Canadian Hurricane Centre (CHC).

Despite its weakened status, Earl went on to greet the region's largest city, Halifax, with strong winds and rain, leaving one dead and causing massive power outages.

Earl lost its tropical storm status late Saturday and moved to the Canadian region of Labrador with sustained winds of about 100 km/h (65 mph).

"Earl is now post-tropical, and weakening is expected during the next 48 hours," the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said, AFP reported.

A few days earlier, Earl had hit islands off the coast of the US state of North Carolina, where at least 100,000 people were ordered to leave the Outer Banks Islands.

It then brushed the US state of Massachusetts, where a state of emergency had been declared.

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