September 9, 2016 / 6:25 PM / 3 years ago

System off Florida has 40 percent chance of becoming tropical storm: NHC

(Reuters) - A low pressure system located in the Straits of Florida, south-southeast of the mainland, has a 40 percent chance of developing into a tropical storm in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Friday.

The system could strengthen into a tropical depression later Friday or on Saturday but conditions were not favorable for significant development while it moves westward into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico, the Miami-based weather forecaster said.

Meanwhile, a tropical wave located east of the Lesser Antilles has a 50 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone, the NHC added.

Reporting by Arpan Varghese and Vijaykumar Vedala in Bengaluru; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe

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