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Cesar Whips Up Winds, Rain In Caribbean

Tropical Storm Cesar formed in the southwestern Caribbean on Thursday, whipping up sustained winds of 45 mph and drenching the region with up to 6 inches of rain.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami warned Cesar’s rains could cause mudslides and flooding.

At 8 p.m. PDT, the storm was centered about 35 miles west-northwest of Punta Gallinas, Colombia. It was heading west at near 21 mph.

Still in effect Thursday afternoon was a tropical storm warning for the island of Aruba, and the coast of Venezuela and Colombia. An earlier warning covering Curacao was dropped after the system passed by Thursday afternoon.

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Explosion rocks Wisconsin refinery, forcing evacuations

UPDATED: 4:54 p.m.

updated  A tank containing crude oil or asphalt exploded at a large refinery in Wisconsin on Thursday, injuring several people and prompting fire officials to urge people living near the still-burning plant to evacuate their homes.