Tropical storm Helene forms near Cape Verde: U.S. NHC

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[September 08, 2018]  (Reuters) - Tropical storm Helene has formed in the Atlantic early Saturday and is expected to become a hurricane early next week as it churns toward the United States, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Helene was located about 375 miles east-southeast of the southernmost Cape Verde islands, with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour and higher wind gusts, the NHC said on early Saturday.

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"The disturbance is expected to move near the southern Cape Verde Islands late Saturday night or on Sunday," the Miami-based weather forecaster said, adding heavy rainfall is expected in portions of the Cape Verde islands.

(Reporting by Karen Rodrigues in Bengaluru, additional reporting by Rich McKay in Atlanta; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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