NHC says 50% chance of cyclone near Cabo Verde Islands

FILE PHOTO: Cliffs stand against the ocean on the northern coast of the island of Santo Antao, Cape Verde, also known as Cabo Verde, December 27, 2013. REUTERS/Jean-Francois Huertas

(Reuters) - A low pressure system located a couple hundred miles east of the Cabo Verde Islands has re-strengthened and now has a 50% chance of becoming a cyclone in the next 48 hours, from 20% earlier, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Friday.

“Although the system is moving northward toward less favorable environmental conditions, only a small increase in organization could lead to the development of a short-lived tropical depression later today,” the NHC said.

Reporting by Sumita Layek in Bengaluru; Editing by Leslie Adler