updated 10/2/2006 6:31:04 PM ET 2006-10-02T22:31:04

The remnants of Hurricane Isaac lost the characteristics of a tropical storm Monday, and forecasters discontinued all tropical storm watches and warnings that had been issued for the storm.

The center of the storm passed off of Cape Race, Newfoundland, Monday afternoon and Canadian forecasters said significant winds from the “very small storm” were not likely to be felt beyond the Avalon Peninsula.

The Canadian Hurricane Center said maximum sustained winds had eased to 36 mph off Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula, down from 68 mph earlier in the day.

Isaac had weakened to a tropical storm from a hurricane earlier Monday as it raced across the north Atlantic.

Newfoundland had been hit by Tropical Storm Florence two weeks ago with gusts of wind of 100 mph. That storm toppled trees, knocked out power, caused flooding and even swept a house in the tiny community of Francois into the Atlantic Ocean.

Isaac was the fifth hurricane and ninth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, which began June 1 and ends Nov. 30.

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