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Tropical Storm Helene moves toward western coast of Africa

MIAMI — A tropical storm formed in the eastern Atlantic continues to move toward the western coast of Africa.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Saturday that Tropical Storm Helene was located about 290 miles (466.69 kilometers) east-southeast of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands. The storm’s maximum sustained winds are 45 mph (75 kph) and it is moving west at 13 mph (20 kph).

Forecasters expect the storm to bring tropical storm conditions to parts of the Cabo Verde Islands on Saturday night. Officials say heavy rainfall on the islands could produce life-threatening flash floods.

A tropical storm warning and hurricane watch are in effect for the Cabo Verde islands of Santiago, Fogo, and Brava.