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Tropical storms churn in Atlantic and Pacific

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  • Tropical Storm Fred forms in the eastern Atlantic on Monday evening
  • It's not expected to be a threat to any land mass
  • In the Pacific, Tropical Storm Linda's winds reach 60 mph
  • Linda is more than 1,000 miles from any significant land mass
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MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- Tropical Storm Fred, the sixth named storm of the season, formed in the eastern Atlantic on Monday evening, but it was not expected to threaten land, the National Hurricane Center reported.

In the Pacific, Tropical Storm Linda churned more than 1,000 miles from any significant land mass.

At 11 p.m. ET, Fred was about 245 miles (390 km) south-southwest of the southernmost islands in the Cape Verde chain, according to the center. The storm was moving toward the west near 15 mph (24 km/hr).

"A gradual turn toward the west-northwest and northwest, with a slight decrease in forward speed, is expected over the next couple of days," forecasters said.

With its 40 mph (65 km/hr) winds, Fred was a minimal tropical storm, but it was expected to strengthen over the next couple of days. Tropical storm force winds extend 35 miles (55 km) from the center of the system.

A forecast tracking map from the hurricane center shows Fred remaining in the eastern Atlantic through at least Saturday, tracking nearly due north by the weekend.

At 8 p.m. PT (11 p.m. ET), Linda was about 1,280 miles (2,060 km) west-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California and was more than 1,800 miles (2,900 km) east of Hawaii.

With maximum sustained winds near 60 mph (95 km/hr), Linda could become a hurricane in the next day or two, the hurricane center said, but the storm was expected to dissipate into a tropical depression by Friday.

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