Tropical Storm Earl leaves less damage than expected

CHATHAM, Mass. (AP) - The remnants of Tropical Storm Earl have spun toward Nova Scotia, still packing high winds and rain but leaving little damage behind.

The once powerful storm now has sustained winds of 70 mph. As of 8 a.m. Saturday, it was about 40 miles south of Cape Sable, Nova Scotia.

The tropical storm warning has been discontinued for Maine. The Canadian Hurricane Center issued a hurricane watch in Nova Scotia from Ecum Secum to Point Tupper.

Earl was downgraded to a tropical storm late Friday as it passed through New England waters. Cape Cod and the islands saw heavy rains but no notable damage.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency canceled a planned damage assessment Saturday morning. A spokesman said Earl "wasn't even a really bad rainstorm."