Tropical Storm Philippe no threat to land

MIAMI (AP) - Weather forecasters say Tropical Storm Philippe is posing no threat to land after forming over the far eastern Atlantic.

At 5 p.m. EST, the National Weather Service said Philippe was about 595 miles (958 kilometers) southwest of the Cape Verde Islands. It had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (64 kph) and was moving west-northwest at 13 mph (21 kph). It was expected to continue in that direction through Sunday, then gradually turn northwest and slow its forward speed.

There were no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Ophelia was struggling in the Atlantic, with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (72 kph). It was 495 miles (797 kilometers) east of the Leeward Islands, and moving west-northwest near 12 mph (19 kph), away from the U.S. mainland.

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