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Tropical Storm Philippe no threat to land

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Tropical Storm Ophelia is seen at right east-southeast of the Leeward Islands on Friday.AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

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 southwest of the Cape Verde Islands. It had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and was moving west-northwest at 13 mph. 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. It was 495 miles east of the Leeward Islands, and moving west-northwest near 12 mph.

In the Pacific, Hurricane Hilary was moving away from Mexico but still churning up dangerous surf.

Hilary was a Category 4 storm late Saturday evening, with maximum sustained winds near 135 mph. It was 685 miles south-southeast of the southern tip of Baja, Calif., and moving west at 9 mph.

The hurricane is not forecast to make landfall as it slowly weakens, but the U.S. National Hurricane Center says Mexico's southwestern coast continues to be affected by wind, rain and heavy surf from Hilary. These swells are likely causing life-threatening surf and rip conditions.