August 2, 2016 / 6:20 AM / 3 years ago

U.S. NHC says 80 percent chance of cyclone over central Caribbean Sea

(Reuters) - A strong tropical wave over the central Caribbean Sea has an 80 percent chance of developing into a cyclone in the next couple of days, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Tuesday.

The low, located about 150 miles south-southwest of Kingston, Jamaica, continues to move westward at about 20 miles per hour, the NHC said.

“Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for additional development, and a tropical storm is likely to form later today,” the Miami-based weather forecaster said.

Heavy rainfall and gusty winds will continue over parts of Jamaica on Tuesday morning and reach the Cayman Islands later in the day, the NHC added.

Reporting by Eileen Soreng in Bengaluru; Editing by Mark Potter

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