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Tropical Storm Philippe spins far from land

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 12:18 AM EDT, Mon September 26, 2011
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Located in the far eastern Atlantic, the storm is expected to strengthen through Monday
  • Tropical Storm Philippe has sustained winds of 60 mph, the hurricane center says
  • The storm is more than 500 west of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands

Miami (CNN) -- Tropical Storm Philippe churned in the eastern Atlantic early Monday, posing no immediate threat to land, the National Hurricane Center reported.

The storm with its 60 mph winds was located about 545 miles (875 kilometers) west of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands and more than 1,800 miles east from the nearest Caribbean islands. No coastal watches or warnings have been posted.

The storm grew in strength over the weekend and "some strengthening is forecast through Monday before Philippe is affected by stronger upper-level winds and moves over cooler water," forecasters said.

Tropical storm-force winds of 40 mph or more extend out 70 miles from its center.

The storm is now heading northwest at around 12 mph, with a gradual turn more northward -- and a slight slowdown -- expected through Tuesday, according to the center.

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