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EASTPORT, MaineRare tropical storm warning issued

A rare tropical storm warning and hurricane watch were posted for parts of the Maine coast on Saturday as Hurricane Kyle roared north toward the region with a threat of conditions similar to one of New England's nor'easter storms.

It was Maine's first hurricane watch in 17 years, the National Weather Service said.

Two to 4 inches of rain had already fallen along some coastal areas by midday Saturday, and the storm was expected to deliver an additional 2 to 4 inches, said Eric Schwibs of the weather service in Gray.

At 8 p.m., Kyle was centered well off North Carolina, about 405 miles south of Nantucket, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

The storm had top sustained wind near 75 mph and became a Category 1 hurricane Saturday afternoon. It was moving north over the open Atlantic at 24 mph.

Kyle could make landfall near Eastport, possibly late today, the hurricane center said.

Columbus, Ohio

Ike may cost insurers $500M, group says

Damages caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ike in Ohio could hit $500-million or higher, making it one of the state's costliest natural disasters.

The Ohio Insurance Institute says $500-million is a preliminary figure and it could go higher when the group issues its official estimates, spokeswoman Mary Bonelli said Saturday.

The Sept. 14 storm knocked out electrical service for 2.6-million customers in Ohio. Wind reaching 78 mph swept across the region, and at least seven of the 56 deaths blamed on Hurricane Ike — from Texas to Pennsylvania — were in Ohio.

The hurricane's remnants also dumped as much as 8 inches of rain on parts of Indiana, Illinois and Missouri, and it spawned a tornado in Arkansas that damaged several buildings.

Ohio officials say the storm cost local governments at least $34.5-million. However, Tamara McBride, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Emergency Management Agency, says that estimate is based on reports from only 33 of 84 affected counties.


Man arrested after bomb threat at airport

Officials at the Denver airport said a passenger was in custody after claiming to have explosives on a Northwest Airlines plane.

Airport spokesman Chuck Cannon said no explosives were found Saturday after the plane was towed away from the terminal and the man arrested.

The man said he had explosives in his luggage, Cannon said. Northwest spokeswoman Michelle Aguayo Shannon said about 140 people were on the Minneapolis-bound flight.

Passengers were re-screened before continuing on their way.

The situation came a day after a false bomb threat forced nearly 100 passengers off a Northwest jet waiting for takeoff in Detroit.


LAREDO, Texas: A Texas jury acquitted a man accused of killing a boy who broke into his home looking for a snack — a case that sparked outrage in this border city, where many thought the man should not have been charged. Jose Luis Gonzalez, 63, killed Francisco Anguiano, 13, when he broke into Gonzalez's trailer to rummage for snacks and soda in July 2007.

Times wires

EASTPORT, MaineRare tropical storm warning issued 09/27/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 1:40pm]
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