Kyle Drenches Maine, Guns for Canada

Landfall expected in Canada tonight or tomorrow
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2008 3:46 PM CDT
Activity was limited around the working waterfront at Eastport, Maine, Sunday, September 28, 2008, as residents are waiting for possible storm surges from Hurricane Kyle.    (AP Photo/Michael C. York)
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(Newser) – Hurricane Kyle soaked Maine this weekend and continued churning toward Canada, the AP reports. Maine's coastal areas, which have already absorbed 5.5 inches of rain, expect to get winds as high as 60mph and waves up to 20 feet. The state enacted its first hurricane warning in 17 years, but planned no evacuation—although many lobstermen were surprised by the storm and scampered for shelter in coves.

"I'm sure we'll have a lot of snarls, a lot of mess, to take care of when it's done," one lobsterman said after traps were abandoned in shallow water. Residents of northern Maine—an area near the Canadian border known as “Down East”—are used to nasty weather, but usually in snowstorms. "We get storms with 50 to 60 mph winds every winter. Those storms can become ferocious,” an official said.