MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The National Hurricane Center said Saturday what had been tropical depression 17 has grown into Tropical Storm Philippe, churning in the Atlantic south of the Cape Verde Islands,

At 5 p.m., Philippe was located 345 miles SW of the southernmost Cape Verde islands, with maximum sustained winds of about 40 mph. The storm is about 3500 miles from Miami

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The system was moving to the west at 14 mph, and early models indicate that it will make a turn to the north in the next few days, moving into the Atlantic.

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The Hurricane Center said  strengthening is expected over the next 24 hours.

You can get complete details on the storm, including up-to date maps and forecasts, at the CBSMiami Tropical Weather Center.

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