Published: Sep 04, 2010 8:03 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 04, 2010 5:03 PM EDT

YARMOUTH, Mass. (AP) - Tropical Storm Earl is pounding Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island with heavy rain and gusty winds, after skirting New England. It's toppled trees and knocked out power to more than 126,000 customers along the Canadian coast. Police have closed the road to the popular Peggy's Cove tourist site near Halifax to keep storm-watchers away from the pounding surf.
      
At 2 p.m. Eastern time, Earl's maximum sustained winds were still 70 mph.
      
The storm that was once a hurricane brushed past the eastern U.S. over the past few days with less intensity than had been feared.
      
With Earl gone, skies have cleared in New England, and some beaches along the New Jersey shore are letting swimmers get back in the water.