NHC says 50 percent chance of cyclone off Cape Verde Islands

Mon Jul 28, 2014 7:37pm EDT

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(Reuters) - A storm system located about 850 miles (1,365 km) west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands has a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Monday in its latest update.

A tropical depression could form during the next several days while the system moves generally westward or west-northwestward at 10 to 15 miles per hour (16 to 24 km per hour), the Miami-based weather forecaster said.

(Reporting by Vijaykumar Vedala in Bangalore; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)